"Hell is paved with good intentions." - Samuel Johnson, from Boswell's Life of JohnsonWith Good Intentions examines the work of individuals of European ancestry and of organizations who worked with Aboriginal people against injustice in Canada at a time when colonization was most actively occurring. The efforts of these individuals, while noble and sensitive, were insufficient to stop exploitation of Native peoples. Between the mid-19th century and the first two decades of the 20th, colonization of Aboriginal lands proceeded apace. The people discussed in this book recognized colonial injustice and worked in a variety of ways to address it, but did not hinder colonization.The book is not an apologist text, nor an effort to argue that some colonizers of Canada were really "good-hearted" people, although most of those discussed were that. Almost all those discussed had as an overall goal the Christianization and civilization of Native peoples in Canada. With Good Intentions is also not an effort to vindicate wrongs done to Native people and cultures.
Celia Haig-Brown teaches in the Faculty of Education at York University in Toronto. David A. Nock teaches in the Department of Sociology at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. Contributors: Thomas S. Abler, Jean Barman, Michael D. Blackstock, Sarah Carter, Janet E. Chute, Celia Haig-Brown, Mary Haig-Brown, Jan Hare, Alan Knight, David A. Nock, Donald B. Smith, and Wendy Wickwire.
Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction / David A. Nock and Celia Haig-Brown 1 Horatio Hale: Forgotten Victorian Author of Positive Aboriginal Representation / David A. Nock 2 Trust Us: A Case Study in Colonial Social Relations Based on Documents Prepared by the Aborigines Protection Society, 1836-1912 / Michael D. Blackstock 3 A Mi'kmaq Missionary among the Mohawks: Silas T. Rand and His Attitudes toward Race and "Progress" / Thomas S. Abler 4 A Visionary on the Edge: Allan Macdonell and the Championing of Native Resource Rights / Alan Knight and Janet E. Chute 5 Taking up the Torch: Simon J. Dawson and the Upper Great Lakes' Native Resource Campaign of the 1860s and 1870s / Janet E. Chute and Alan Knight 6 The "Friends" of Nahnebahwequa / Celia Haig-Brown 7 Aboriginals and Their Influence on E.F. Wilson's Paradigm Revolution / David A. Nock 8 Good Intentions Gone Awry: From Protection to Confinement in Emma Crosby's Home for Aboriginal Girls / Jan Hare and Jean Barman 9 The "Cordial Advocate": Amelia McLean Paget and The People of the Plains / Sarah A. Carter 10 Honore Joseph Jaxon: A Lifelong Friend of Aboriginal Canada / Donald D. Smith 11 Arthur Eugene O'Meara: Servant, Advocate, Seeker of Justice / Mary Haig-Brown 12 "They Wanted ... Me to Help Them": James A. Teit and the Challenge of Ethnography in the Boasian Era / Wendy Wickwire Appendix: The Fair Play Papers - The Future of Our Indians Selected Bibliography Contributors Index