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Chronicle of Canadian Aboriginal Policy, 1828 to 1876

February 28, 2011

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Aboriginal policy in the North American colonies of Great Britain was originally pursued on a nation to nation basis.  Aboriginal nations were dealt with as military allies and enemies, and as essential trading partners.  This changed dramatically after the War of 1812.  In the decades after that war, which was essentially an extension of the […]

Four false assumptions of Canadian Aboriginal policy

February 26, 2011

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From the Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, 1996 Four false assumptions … The first held Aboriginal people to be inherently inferior and incapable of governing themselves. The second was that treaties and other agreements were, by and large, not covenants of trust and obligation but devices of statecraft, less expensive and more […]

The Many Fingers of the Indian Agents

February 23, 2011

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Under Canada’s various Indian Acts, there was once and for a very long time the position on the Indian Superintendent, or, as he was more generally known, the Indian Agent.  The Indian Agent represented the Indian Act and the law in general to the Aboriginal people he had jurisdiction over. The Indian Agent had many […]

Last True American Found Living Outside of Knoxville, Tennessee

February 23, 2011

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    Knoxville.  “We’ve found the last true American.  He’s healthy, he’s optimistic and he’s living on the outskirts of Knoxville, Tennessee.” That was the breathless announcement made today in Knoxville by a spokesperson for the Search for True America Foundation. John Brenston, president of the Tennessee chapter of the SFTA Foundation, who was chosen […]

Preferring Hell to the Spanish – A voice from Aboriginal America

February 21, 2011

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One of the leading local lords, a cacique who went by the name of Hatuey, had fled to [Cuba] from Hispaniola[Haiti] in order to escape the miseries that arose from the inhuman treatment meted out to the natives of that island by the Spanish…. But, eventually, he was captured and, although his only crime was that […]

Photo Archive: First Nations at Worship

February 20, 2011

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They came to worship on the beach.  They knelt and bent their heads and prayed in front of the Catholic icons.  They were converts, every one of them, to the European’s idea of divinity. Up north, among the Tsimshian, they loved the pomp and thump and blare of brass bands, and they welcomed the Salvation […]

The boy who cried wolf again & again

February 19, 2011

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At the end of a terrible winter, a wolf came upon a boy herding sheep.  The wolf knew that it usually was not good policy to steal the human’s sheep, but he was so hungry that he leapt on one regardless.  He heard the shepherd boy crying, “Wolf! Wolf!” but he did not know that […]