"Native Canadians: A Plan for the Rehabilitation of Indians"

Title

"Native Canadians: A Plan for the Rehabilitation of Indians"

Description

A pamphlet prepared by The Okanagan Society for the Revival of Indian Arts and Crafts that analyzes the current (1941) state of Settler-Aboriginal relations and suggests a series of short- and long-term suggestions to improve those relations. The pamphlet was modeled on various successes achieved in the U.S. and was submitted to The Committee On Reconstruction and Re-Establishment, in Ottawa.

Creator

The Okanagan Society for the Revival of Indian Arts and Crafts

Source

Royal BC Museum, BC Archives (F/I/R19)

Publisher

The Okanagan Society for the Revival of Indian Arts and Crafts

Date

1941

Text

TABLE OF CONTENTS

p.3 The approach of Canadians to the Indian
p.4 Analysis of deficiencies in present conditions
p.11 Improvements in the United States in the last ten years
p.15 Short-term improvements suggested for Canada
p.15 Long-term suggestions of solution of the whole problem

SHORT-TERM PLANS

1. Indian relief on the same basis as white.
2. Old age and other similar pensions to Indians on the same basis as white.
3. More money for food at Residential Schools.
4. More money for hospital care, particularly for maternity.
5. Infiltration of whites on hunting preserves checked through licencing system.
6. Indians employed as Game Wardens.
7. Provisions of the Veterans’ Land Act of 1942 open to returned Indians.

LONG-TERM PLANS

1. A new Indian Act to replace the Act of 1868.
2. Reorganization of the Indian Affairs Branch to make it similar in philosophy and administrative practices to that of the United States.
3. Decentralization of Administration.
4. Self-Government on the reserves.
5. Full citizenship with its duties and rights.
6. The administration free from exploiting interests.
7. A modern system of education established on much the same lines as the regular provincial systems.
8. A system of adequate vocational training.
9. A new approach to health and its placing under provincial authority.
10. More hospitals.
11. The economic security of the Indians secured through far-sighted long-term planning, and the establishment of co-operative undertakings in such lines as owning livestock, farming, canning, fur-raising, etc.
12. Freedom of speech, assembly, and particularly religion.
13. A Royal Commission to enquire into the whole Indian question.

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Citation

The Okanagan Society for the Revival of Indian Arts and Crafts, “"Native Canadians: A Plan for the Rehabilitation of Indians",” The Story is More than Itself, accessed September 22, 2017, http://thestoryismorethanitself.omeka.net/items/show/17.

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