Talking Back to the Indian Act: Critical Readings in Settler Colonial Histories

Talking Back to the Indian Act: Critical Readings in Settler Colonial Histories

By: Keith Smith (editor), Mary-Ellen Kelm (editor)Hardback

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Talking Back to the Indian Act is a comprehensive "how-to" guide for engaging with primary source documents. The intent of the book is to encourage readers to develop the skills necessary to converse with primary sources in more refined and profound ways. As a piece of legislation that is central to Canada's relationship with Indigenous peoples and communities, and one that has undergone many amendments, the Indian Act is uniquely positioned to act as a vehicle for this kind of focused reading. Through an analysis of thirty-five sources pertaining to the Indian Act--addressing governance, gender, enfranchisement, and land--the authors provide readers with a much better understanding of this pivotal piece of legislation, as well as insight into the dynamics involved in its creation and maintenance.

About Author

Mary-Ellen Kelm is Canada Research Chair and Professor in the Department of History at Simon Fraser University. Keith D. Smith teaches in the Departments of Indigenous/Xwulmuxw Studies and History at Vancouver Island University.


Maps 1 to 7 Introduction 1. The 1876 Indian Act 1.1 Indian Act of 1876, Sections 1-3 1.2 Selections of House of Commons Debates on the Indian Act, 1876 1.3 Report of Proceedings of the Ojibway Grand Council Relative to the Indian Act, 1876 1.4 "Grand Indian Council of the Province of Ontario," Wiarton Echo, 1876 1.5 Memorial from Chiefs and Warriors of the Six Nations to J.A. Macdonald, 1879 1.6 Interview with Vern Harper, 1983 1.7 Interview with Adam Solway, 1983 2. Governance 2.1 Indian Act of 1876, Sections 61-63, Council and Chiefs 2.2 Amendment to the Indian Act, 1880 2.3 Indian Advancement Act, 1884 2.4 Declaration of Crop Eared Wolf as Chief, 1900 2.5 Letter from Indian Agent R.N. Wilson to Indian Commissioner David Laird, 1908 2.6 "The New Story of the Iroquois by Chief Des-ka-heh," 1925 2.7 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, 1985 3. Enfranchisement 3.1 Indian Act of 1876, Sections 86-94 3.2 Selections from Minutes of Grand Council of Chippewas, 1874 3.3 Memo on Enfranchisement 3.4 Evidence of D.C. Scott to the Special Committee of the House of Commons, 1920 3.5 Indian Act Amendment, 1920 3.6 A.G. Chisholm, "The Case of the Six Nations," London Free Press, 20 March 1920 3.7 Letter from F.O. Loft to James Lougheed, 9 February 1921 4. Gender 4.1 Indian Act of 1876, Section 3 4.2 Amendment to the Indian Act, 1985 4.3 "Commutation of Annuity of Rosalie Howse n e Ermineskin," 1891 4.4 Mavis Goeres, Enough is Enough 4.5 Manitoba Justice Inquiry, "Cultural Changes-the Impact upon Aboriginal Women" 4.6 Excerpts from the "Reasons for Judgement," McIvor v. The Registrar, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada 4.7 Indigenous Bar Association in Canada, "Position Pater on Bill C-3" 5. Land 5.1 The Indian Act of 1876, Sections 4-10, 25-28, and 59-60 5.2 An Act Respecting the Songhees Indian Reserve, 1911 5.3 "Last Chapter in Problem," Daily Colonist, 17 March 1911 5.4 Memorandum for the Prime Minister on an Act to Amend the Indian Act 5.5 An Act to Amend the Indian Act (the Oliver Act), 1911 5.6 Letter from Chiefs Hill et al to Governor General Grey, May 1911 5.7 Letter from J.D. McLean to Chiefs Hill et al, May 1911 5.8 Lee Maracle, "Good-bye Snauq." Appendix A: Reading Historically Appendix B: The Indian Act in Historical Context Timeline

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  • ISBN13: 9781487587369
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9781487587369
  • weight: 460
  • ISBN10: 1487587368

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