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

By Paul Tennant

This ebook offers the 1st entire therapy of the land query in British Columbia and is the 1st to envision the fashionable political heritage of British Columbia Indians. It covers the land query from its very beginnings and provides special cognizance to the latest court docket judgements, govt 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 chronic calls for through local humans, and in addition for the most powerful and so much 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 prospect. delivering 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 liable for the long run process the land query. not like what many non-Indians are assuming, the Indians of British Columbia started their land claims firstly of white payment and endured regardless of the big efforts of missionaries and govt 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 power and team spirit than ever earlier than. the writer has performed broad interviews with many Indian leaders and has tested the internal workings of presidency businesses and Indian political agencies. whereas sympathetic to local claims, he focuses as a lot on disasters and deficiencies as on strengths and successes. "Paul Tennant is an affiliate Professor within the division of Political technological know-how on the college of British Columbia.". This ebook is meant for.

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Atkinson's premises. That reserve it appears is so small, not exceeding 50 acres of land, as to be altogether insufficient to raise vegetables enough for their own use. 18 The actual size of reserves allocated under Douglas is important in terms of his réputation and in light of later events. "23 The interprétation that Indians obtained ail thé land they wanted must also assume that Indians, like Douglas himself, now regarded only their The Douglas "System" 33 villages and adjacent areas as their rightful property.

Government hâve been authorized [by thé assembly] to expend some $9000 in satisfaction of Indian claims at Cowichan—so they only are to blâme for any trouble that may arise out of thé non-payment to thé natives of whàtever is fair and just under thé circumstances. It may now, however, be not available to take any steps for seulement of thé claims in question until thé The Douglas Treaties and Aboriginal Title 25 perpetrators of thé récent murders are brought to justice and hâve received their déserts.

As they may be pointed out to you by thé Indians themselves, subject, however, to thé décisions of thé District Magistrale as to thé extent of thé land so claimed by them . . "17 As far as amount of reserve land was concerned, Douglas's approach was similar to that which he had used in arranging thé fourteen treaties. The Indians were allowed to continue using thé pièces of land they could be seen to be currentïy using in European terms, and in thé case of arable land, they were allocated enough to grow their own food.

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