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Lecture 7

INTD 1102 Lecture 7: The Indian Act


Department
International Develop Studies
Course Code
INTD 1102
Professor
Wunker Erin E.
Lecture
7

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Friday, January 29, 2016
The Indian Act
-the Indian Act is a Canadian Federal Law that governs issues pertaining to the
Indigenous status, bans and reserves
-this act is a result of the already existing treaties
-it has been highly invasive and paternalistic (meaning that it has taken on a ‘parental
role’, assuming that the Indigenous can not care for themselves, showing a sort of
condescending behaviour)
-this act authorizes the government to paternalism Indigenous people
-this is the effect of a contact zone
-this act was the imposing of government structures and the limiting of interactions of
the Indigenous people
-gave the government the authority to determine land bases and who has Indigenous
status
-this act has undergone amendments but there is still a lot that has not changed
-attempt to assimilate (blend) the Indigenous people by taking away their culture,
language and changing their appearance
-the government attempted to make them act, look like and think like the settler-
colonialists
-this was a deliberate attempt to terminate the Indigenous culture
Gradual Civilization Act
-a part of the Indian Act
-was meant to encourage enfranchisement in order to assimilate
-this was a failure because only 1 person agreed to it
Gradual Enfranchisement Act
-another addition to the Indian Act
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