From Treaties to Reserves: The Federal Government and Native Peoples in Territorial Alberta, 1870-1905 by D.J. HallFrom Treaties to Reserves: The Federal Government and Native Peoples in Territorial Alberta, 1870-1905 by D.J. Hall

From Treaties to Reserves: The Federal Government and Native Peoples in Territorial Alberta, 1870…

byD.J. Hall

Paperback | January 12, 2016

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Though some believe that the Indian treaties of the 1870s achieved a unity of purpose between the Canadian government and First Nations, in From Treaties to Reserves D.J. Hall asserts that - as a result of profound cultural differences - each side interpreted the negotiations differently, leading to conflict and an acute sense of betrayal when neither group accomplished what the other had asked. Hall explores the original intentions behind the government's policies, illustrates their attempts at cooperation, and clarifies their actions. While the government believed that the Aboriginal peoples of what is now southern and central Alberta desired rapid change, the First Nations, in contrast, believed that the government was committed to supporting the preservation of their culture while they adapted to change. Government policies intended to motivate backfired, leading instead to poverty, starvation, and cultural restriction. Many policies were also culturally insensitive, revealing misconceptions of Aboriginal people as lazy and over-dependent on government rations. Yet the first two decades of reserve life still witnessed most First Nations people participating in reserve economies, many of the first generation of reserve-born children graduated from schools with some improved ability to cope with reserve life, and there was also more positive cooperation between government and First Nations people than is commonly acknowledged. The Indian treaties of the 1870s meant very different things to government officials and First Nations. Rethinking the interaction between the two groups, From Treaties to Reserves elucidates the complexities of this relationship.
D.J. Hall is professor emeritus of Canadian history at the University of Alberta.
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Title:From Treaties to Reserves: The Federal Government and Native Peoples in Territorial Alberta, 1870…Format:PaperbackDimensions:504 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 12, 2016Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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"Hall's detailed, straightforward narrative can be read rather like a detective story. Even though the end result is known, we are given the tools to dissect, critique, and interpret for ourselves the process of getting there. We as readers become our own