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With Good Intentions

Euro-Canadian and Aboriginal Relations in Colonial Canada

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

With Good Intentions

Euro-Canadian and Aboriginal Relations in Colonial Canada

With Good Intentions examines the joint efforts of Aboriginal people and individuals of European ancestry to counter injustice in Canada when colonization was at its height, from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century. These people recognized colonial wrongs and worked together in a variety of ways to right them, but they could not stem the tide of European-based exploitation. The book is neither an apologist text nor an attempt to argue that some colonizers were simply “well intentioned.” Almost all those considered here – teachers, lawyers, missionaries, activists – had as their overall goal the Christianization and civilization of Canada’s First Peoples. By discussing examples of Euro-Canadians who worked with Aboriginal peoples, With Good Intentions brings to light some of the lesser-known complexities of colonization.

368 pages

Table of Contents



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 Honoré 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



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