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

By Brian Titley

Usually thought of a sympathetic portrayer of the Canadian Indian, Duncan Campbell Scott printed in his writings his genuine ideals concerning the stipulations and way forward for Canada's local humans. in the course of his lengthy and turbulent tenure as Deputy Superintendent common 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 dep. knew top.

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For example, visits between households were strictly limited. Pow-wows, dances, and any other form of native ceremony considered "a hindrance to progress" were forbidden. The objective of the colony was to produce a group of Indians who had internalized the white man's religion and culture and who were self-sufficient farmers. The economic aims were advanced not only by the activities of department farming instructors, but also by the deliberate promotion of the work ethic. Competition between colonists was encouraged by an annual exhibit at which prizes were awarded for achievements in grain-growing, cattlebreeding, cooking, and sewing.

By 1913 the outside service comprised 651 employees engaged on a full-time or part-time basis. The most important field officers were the agents and the inspectors of agencies. Agencies usually had a clerk or two at their disposal and a medical officer. The latter was invariably a physician with a practice in the vicinity of Indian communities whose services were called upon on an ad hoc 38 A Narrow Vision basis. In the prairie provinces, where a special effort was being made to encourage the Indians to adopt agriculture, farming instructors, stockmen, and blacksmiths were frequently employed.

Noting that the agent had been promoted to inspector, he observed that the agencies under his charge had shown the "greatest improvement" in the Northwest. 65 Canada's jurisdiction in the north was gradually extended during Laurier's administration. Perhaps the most dramatic developments took place in the Yukon, which was organized as a district in 1895 and elevated to the status of territory three years later. 66 20 A Narrow Vision The excitement of the gold rush affected the native population of the territory very little.

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