A Narrow Vision: Duncan Campbell Scott and the by Brian Titley

By Brian Titley

Typically thought of a sympathetic portrayer of the Canadian Indian, Duncan Campbell Scott published in his writings his genuine ideals in regards to the stipulations and way forward for Canada's local humans. in the course of his lengthy and turbulent tenure as Deputy Superintendent basic of Indian Affairs, his reaction to demanding situations reminiscent of the making of treatises in northern Ontario, land claims in British Columbia, and the prestige of the Six countries underscored his ideals that the Indians didn't have any valid grievances and that the dept knew top.

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Section 46 allowed portions of reserves to be taken by municipalities or companies for roads, railways, or similar public purposes without a surrender, but with the consent of the governor-in-council. Section 49a was even more controversial. " This was the notorious "Oliver Act," which alarmed Indian leaders. They correctly perceived it as a major step in the erosion of band control of reserve lands. In adopting these amendments, the government was acceding to the demands of those who coveted Indian land.

McLean, who held the titles of secretary and assistant deputy superintendent. It had become the largest of the administrative subdivisions with twenty-five employees. The accountant's branch was now under Frederick H. Paget. William A. Orr was both clerk of lands and timber and registrar of land and was in charge of the lands and timber branch. The survey branch was under the supervision of Samuel Bray, the chief surveyor. George M. Matheson, the registrar, headed the record branch and Martin Benson, the clerk of schools, directed the schools branch.

Scott is describing The Poet and the Indians 33 the Iroquois after their settlement in Upper Canada: The savage nature was hardly hidden under the first, thinnest film of European customs. 50 In Scott's opinion, the Indians had not only exhibited these characteristics in the dim and distant past, but also had continued to do so within his own living memory. 51 As for the disappearance of the buffalo on the Prairies, Scott apportioned blame equally among Indians and whites. 52 It would have been more accurate to note that the buffalo had been systematically slaughtered by whites to amass quick profits in the robe trade.

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