Making Native Space: Colonialism, Resistance, and Reserves in British Columbia

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UBC Press, 2002 - History - 415 pages
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This elegantly written and insightful book provides a geographical history of the Indian reserve in British Columbia. Cole Harris analyzes the impact of reserves on Native lives and livelihoods and considers how, in light of this, the Native land question might begin to be resolved. The account begins in the early nineteenth-century British Empire and then follows Native land policy - and Native resistance to it - in British Columbia from the Douglas treaties in the early 1850s to the formal transfer of reserves to the Dominion in 1938.

  

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Contents

The Imperial Background
3
The Douglas Years 185064
17
Ideology and Land Policy 186471
45
The Confederation Years 187176
73
The Joint Indian Reserve Commission 187678
104
Sproat and the Native Voice 187880
136
OReilly Bureaucracy and Reserves 188098
169
Imposing a Solution 18981938
216
Native Space
265
Towards a Postcolonial Land Policy
293
Appendix
325
Notes
335
Source Notes for Figures
392
Bibliography
395
Index
409
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Cole Harris recently retired as a member of the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia and is the author or editor of many books about British Columbia and Canada, including The Historical Atlas of Canada, Volume 1, for which he was the editor, and The Resettlement of British Columbia: Essays on Colonialism and Geographical Change.

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