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Aboriginal Peoples and Politics

The Indian Land Question in British Columbia, 1849-1989

Aboriginal claims remain a controversial but little understood issue in contemporary Canada. British Columbia has been, and remains, the setting for the most intense and persistent demands by Native people, and also for the strongest and most consistent opposition to Native claims by governments and the non-aboriginal public. Land has been the essential question; the Indians have claimed continuing ownership while the province has steadfastly denied the possibility.

318 pages

Table of Contents



1 Aboriginal Peoples and Aboriginal Claims

2 The Douglas Treaties and Aboriginal Title

3 The Douglas "System": Reserves, Pre-Emptions, and Assimilation

4 Segregation and Suppression, 1864-87

5 Demands for Title, Treaties, and Self-Government, 1887-99

6 The Politics of Survival

7 From Intertribal to Province-Wide Political Action, 1900-16

8 Cut-Offs, Claims Prohibition, and the Allied Tribes, 1916-27

9 Coastal Politics: The Native Brotherhood and Tribal Councils, 1931-58

10 Interior Politics and Attempts at Province-Wide Unity, 1958-68

11 Federal Government Initiatives, 1960-9

12 The Formation of New Organizations, 1969-71

13 Big Money and Big Organizations, 1972-5

14 Tribalism Re-Established, 1976-9

15 Forums and Funding, Protests and Unity, 1980-9

16 Aboriginal Title in the Courts

17 The Province and Land Claims Negotiations, 1976-89




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