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A Narrow Vision

Duncan Campbell Scott and the Administration of Indian Affairs in Canada

In A Narrow Vision, Brian Titley chronicles Scott’s career in the Department of Indian Affairs and evaluates developments in Native health, education, and welfare between 1880 and 1932. He shows how Scott’s response to challenges such as the making of treaties in northern Ontario, land claims in British Columbia, and the status of the Six Nations caused persistent difficulties and made Scott’s term of office a turbulent one. Scott could never accept that Natives had legitimate grievances and held adamantly to the view that his department knew best.

256 pages

Table of Contents



1 Indian Administration: Origins and Development

2 The Poet and the Indians

3 General Aspects of Policy and Administration

4 The Treaty Maker

5 Schooling and Civilization

6 Indian Political Organizations

7 The Six Nations’ Status Case

8 Land Claims in British Columbia

9 “Senseless Drumming and Dancing”

10 The Ambitions of Commissioner Graham



Selected Bibliography


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