Aboriginal History Expert James R. Miller Appointed to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada

Miller will represent Saskatchewan

OTTAWA, April 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced today the appointment of James R. Miller, a renowned specialist in relations between Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals, as a representative for Saskatchewan on the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC).

A recipient of a Doctorate in history from the University of Toronto, James R. Miller is the holder of the Canada Research Chair in Native-Newcomer Relations at the University of Saskatchewan. He is the leading expert in Canada on historical and contemporary issues related to this subject. Mr. Miller is also the recipient of the Gold Medal for Achievement in Research from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for his years studying the evolving relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada. He is also a member of the Royal Society of Canada. Mr. Miller's mandate with the HSMBC will last for five years.

Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada advises the Minister of the Environment on the national historic significance of places, people and events that have marked Canada's history. Together with Parks Canada, the Board ensures that these subjects of national historic significance are recognized appropriately and shared with Canadians and visitors alike.

Parks Canada manages a nation-wide network of national historic sites that make up the rich tapestry of Canada's cultural heritage offering visitors an opportunity for real and inspiring discoveries.

Quick Facts

  • In 1989, James R. Miller wrote Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens. This book was acclaimed as being the most complete work dealing with relations between Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals.
  • The Board is made up of 16 members: 13 representatives from each of the provinces and territories, along with representatives from Library and Archives Canada and the Canadian Museum of History, and a representative from Parks Canada who also acts as the Board's Secretary.
  • Based on recommendations from the HSMBC, to date, the Government of Canada has designated over 2,000 national historic sites, events and persons.

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SOURCE: Parks Canada

For further information:

Office of the Minister of the Environment

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Parks Canada

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