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

By Paul Tennant

This ebook offers the 1st finished therapy of the land query in British Columbia and is the 1st to envision the trendy political background of British Columbia Indians. It covers the land query from its very beginnings and offers special realization to the newest court docket judgements, executive guidelines, land declare advancements, and Indian protest blockades. Aboriginal claims stay a debatable yet little understood factor in modern Canada. British Columbia has been, and continues to be, the atmosphere for the main extreme and protracted calls for by means of local humans, and likewise for the most powerful and so much constant competition to local claims by means of 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. 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 used to be mostly chargeable for the long run process the land query. unlike what many non-Indians are assuming, the Indians of British Columbia all started their land claims in the beginning of white cost and persisted 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 booklet as political innovators who maintained their identification and beliefs and who at the present time have extra power and harmony than ever earlier than. the writer has carried out broad interviews with many Indian leaders and has tested the internal workings of presidency businesses and Indian political companies. 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 technological know-how on the collage of British Columbia.". This booklet is meant for.

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We were... frightened by a bugbear. " We don't believe it. We hold it to be our best policy to pay them, to avoid even thé possibility of a war. But our government says it cannot provide thé means. s On receipt in Victoria of Newcastle's reply to thé assembly's pétition, De Cosmos felt vindicated and continued on thé same thème: The assembly is informed that they need not expect a farthing from Home to extinguish thé Indian title; and they are rather sharply told that thé extinction of title is a "trifling" matter, and to find thé money themselves if they want to do it.

As James Gosnell, chairman of thé Nisga'a Tribal Council, put it in 1984: "We are thé true owners of British Columbia. The Indians across thé province own everything—thé rivers, thé trees, thé bugs, thé animais. You name it. Subsurface rights, thé air, thé rain, thé whole shot. " Such assertions always received much more attention in thé news média and from white politicians than did Gosnell's repeated statements that Indians were willing to share and merely desired a fair settlement. C. c.? Never has that been said.

22 Yet, neither Douglas nor Kennedy arranged any treaties. Shortage of revenue was thé ostensible excuse, although both continued to acknowledge aboriginal tide. "23 As thé actions of die elected assembly and die content of newspaper editorials show, there was continuai local white récognition of aboriginal tide and continuai support for its proper extinguishment. On 4 July 1859 thé éditer of thé British Colonist, Amor De Cosmos, stated: "Why is Indian tide to Cowitchen not extinguished at once?

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