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    Default The Original Intentions of the Indian Act

    Interesting and quite comprehensive paper below.
    I came across it searching for the 1839 "Act for the Protection of the Indians in Upper Canada":


    http://www.joanholmes.ca/Indian%20Ac...er%20Final.pdf


    Excerpt:

    The terms and circumstances of the treaties vary, however, there are certain important consistencies. With the exception of some items that were to be distributed for a limited time period, the language of treaties speak of perpetual obligations and responsibilities. The First Nation signatories did not relinquish their authority or leadership, nor did they agree to abandon their traditional systems of political or social organization and self- determination. There is no record of them giving up the right to their spiritual and religious practices, nor did they agree to forfeit their freedom of movement. No First Nations agreed to submit to day to day management of their affairs by an outside government and none of the written accounts record any discussion of the Indian Act being applied to the signatory First Nations.11

    http://www.joanholmes.ca/Indian%20Ac...er%20Final.pdf
    Bolding was mine


    Here's the Table of Contents:


    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    I. INTRODUCTION...................................... .................................................. ................3.
    II. THE ROLE AND PLACE OF TREATIES .................................................. .............5.
    III. THE HISTORIC ROOTS OF THE INDIAN ACT............................................... ....7.
    A. THE EARLY RELATIONSHIP AND SETTLEMENT PLANS ......................7.
    B. INVESTIGATIONS INTO INDIAN AFFAIRS AND THE INDIAN
    DEPARTMENT........................................ .................................................. .....12.
    C. PRE-CONFEDERATION LEGISLATION: MEMBERSHIP, LANDS
    AND GOVERNANCE MODELS .................................................. ................16.
    IV. HAS THE INDIAN ACT FAILED?........................................... ...............................28.
    V. CONCLUSION .................................................. .................................................. ......30.

    Also some interesting points here:

    Gradual Civilization Act - Wikipedia

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grad...vilization_Act
    Last edited by KC; 03-04-2017 at 09:50 PM.

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