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Making Native Space

Colonialism, Resistance, and Reserves in British Columbia

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.

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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


Source Notes for Maps



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