Aboriginal Peoples and Politics: The Indian Land Question in by Paul Tennant

By Paul Tennant

This e-book offers the 1st entire therapy of the land query in British Columbia and is the 1st to envision the fashionable political background of British Columbia Indians. It covers the land query from its very beginnings and provides unique consciousness to the newest court docket judgements, executive rules, land declare advancements, and Indian protest blockades. Aboriginal claims stay a debatable yet little understood factor in modern Canada. British Columbia has been, and is still, the surroundings for the main extreme and protracted calls for through local humans, and in addition for the most powerful and such a lot constant competition to local claims through governments and the non-aboriginal public. Land has been the fundamental query; the Indians have claimed carrying on with possession whereas the province has steadfastly denied the chance. offering a brand new interpretation of Governor James Douglas, Paul Tennant perspectives him as much less beneficiant to the Indians than have so much different historians and demonstrates how Douglas was once principally answerable for the longer term process the land query. not like what many non-Indians are assuming, the Indians of British Columbia all started their land claims before everything of white cost and continued regardless of the big efforts of missionaries and executive officers to suppress Indian tradition, and regardless of Parliament's outlawing of claim-related actions. The Indians emerge during this e-book as political innovators who maintained their identification and beliefs and who at the present time have extra energy and team spirit than ever prior to. the writer has performed wide interviews with many Indian leaders and has tested the interior workings of presidency businesses and Indian political organisations. whereas sympathetic to local claims, he focuses as a lot on mess ups and deficiencies as on strengths and successes. "Paul Tennant is an affiliate Professor within the division of Political technology on the college of British Columbia.". This booklet is meant for.

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This assumption is hostile to Indians, taking them to hâve been primitive créatures with no more rights than other wildlife, and it regards thé land as having been essentially empty and unused until it was discovered and put to use by Whites. Accordingly, Indians had no rights in thé first place and so could hâve none later. Although it bas by no means disappeared, this notion is now less pronounced than it was in earlier décades. Another notion, more subtle and seemingly less hostile, combines a concept of "Indianness" with certain assumptions about change and progress.

13 The starting point for each treaty was that local communities of Indians were recognized as owning every square inch of their traditional lands. " Although differing in détail, thé Douglas treaties are similar in principle to thé treaties concluded in 1850 between thé colony of Canada and Indians in northern Ontario. 14 The British Columbia treaties followed no formula and left only a few acres to each Indian community, but they did leave thèse under aboriginal title, as was not thé case in Ontario.

Indians would thus assume a major economic role. Indians could also have major political influence, for Douglas presumably intended that Indians would have the normal political rights, including the franchise. Widespread Indian pre-emption could occur only if many Indians were willing to give up traditional ways, to live in solitary families, to become farmers, and to forget aboriginal tide. Pre-emption would be a process drawing out those Indians most amenable to assimilation and to co-operation with Whites.

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