Walking in Indian Moccasins: The Native Policies of Tommy Douglas and the CCF by Laurie BarronWalking in Indian Moccasins: The Native Policies of Tommy Douglas and the CCF by Laurie Barron

Walking in Indian Moccasins: The Native Policies of Tommy Douglas and the CCF

byLaurie Barron

Hardcover | August 8, 1997

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In 1944, Saskatchewan elected the first socialist government inNorth America. Led by the dynamic Tommy Douglas, the Co-operativeCommonwealth Federation vowed to create a society based on principlesof cooperation rather than competition and to make themselves theinstrument of social and economic justice for the oppressed. They werealso the first government in Canada to make a firm commitment toimproving conditions for Native people and their official slogan,'Humanity First,' was understood to refer to Indian and Metispeople. But was their commitment more than just an election slogan?

Walking in Indian Moccasins is the first work to offer adifferent view of the Douglas government: their policies, theirapplications, and their shortcomings. Much more than that, however, itis a careful account of the development of Indian and Metis people inSaskatchewan in the post-war period. The goal of the CCF was to'walk in Indian moccasins,' promising a degree of empathy withNative society in bringing about reforms. In reality, this aim was notalways honoured in practice and essentially meant integration for theIndians of the province and total assimilation for the Metis.

F. Laurie Barron is a professor in the Department of Native Studies, University of Saskatchewan.
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Title:Walking in Indian Moccasins: The Native Policies of Tommy Douglas and the CCFFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.93 inPublished:August 8, 1997Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0774806095

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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Historical Setting

2. The CCF and the Evolution of Métis Policy

3. Provincial Indian Policy

4. Citizenship Issues

5. The Saskatchewan Far North: The Last Frontier

6. Opposition to Native Reform

. Assessment

Notes

Index

Editorial Reviews

Has the merit of pulling together a wide and varied body of material and giving us the first comprehensive portrait of a neglected aspect of the Saskatchewan CCF's reform agenda. It is well worth reading by anyone interested in the history of government Indian and Metis policy in Canada. - James M. Pitsula - Prairie Forum, 23:1