Making Native Space: Colonialism, Resistance, and Reserves in British Columbia (Brenda and David McLean Canadian Studies)

Making Native Space: Colonialism, Resistance, and Reserves in British Columbia (Brenda and David McLean Canadian Studies)

By: Cole Harris (author)Paperback

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This elegantly written and insightful book provides a geographical history of the Indian reserve in British Columbia. Cole Harris analyzes the impact of reserves on Native lives and livelihoods and considers how, in light of this, the Native land question might begin to be resolved. The account begins in the early nineteenth-century British Empire and then follows Native land policy - and Native resistance to it - in British Columbia from the Douglas treaties in the early 1850s to the formal transfer of reserves to the Dominion in 1938. Making Native Space clarifies and informs the current debate on the Native land question. It presents the most comprehensive account available of perhaps the most critical mapping of space ever undertaken in BC - the drawing of the lines that separated the tiny plots of land reserved for Native people from the rest. Geographers, historians, anthropologists, and anybody interested in and involved in the politics of treaty negotiation in British Columbia should read this book.

About Author

Cole Harris recently retired as a member of the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia and is the author or editor of many books about British Columbia and Canada, including The Historical Atlas of Canada, Volume 1, for which he was the editor, and The Resettlement of British Columbia: Essays on Colonialism and Geographical Change.


Figures and Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction Part 1: The Colonial Period 1 The Imperial Background 2 The Douglas Years, 1850-64 3 Ideology and Land Policy, 1864-71 Part 2: Province and Dominion 4 The Confederation Years, 1871-76 5 The Joint Indian Reserve Commission, 1876-78 6 Sproat and the Native Voice, 1878-80 Part 3: Filling in the Map 7 O'Reilly, Bureaucracy, and Reserves, 1880-98 8 Imposing a Solution, 1898-1938 Part 4: Land and Livelihood 9 Native Space 10 Towards a Postcolonial Land Policy Appendix: Indian Reserves in British Columbia during the Colonial Period Notes Source Notes for Maps Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780774809016
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 448
  • ID: 9780774809016
  • weight: 640
  • ISBN10: 0774809019

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