A Narrow Vision: Duncan Campbell Scott and the by Brian Titley

By Brian Titley

Regularly thought of a sympathetic portrayer of the Canadian Indian, Duncan Campbell Scott printed in his writings his actual ideals in regards to the stipulations and way forward for Canada's local humans. in the course of his lengthy and turbulent tenure as Deputy Superintendent normal of Indian Affairs, his reaction to demanding situations resembling the making of treatises in northern Ontario, land claims in British Columbia, and the prestige of the Six countries underscored his ideals that the Indians didn't have any valid grievances and that the dep. knew most sensible.

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Pow-wows, dances, and any other form of native ceremony considered "a hindrance to progress" were forbidden. The objective of the colony was to produce a group of Indians who had internalized the white man's religion and culture and who were self-sufficient farmers. The economic aims were advanced not only by the activities of department farming instructors, but also by the deliberate promotion of the work ethic. Competition between colonists was encouraged by an annual exhibit at which prizes were awarded for achievements in grain-growing, cattlebreeding, cooking, and sewing.

She attributes to Scott "a strong concern, affection and respect for the Indian" which arose from his work. 40 This passage implies that Scott was a pawn whose actions were constrained by The Poet and the Indians 31 government policy but who, nevertheless, worked for the benefit of the Indians. Such an assumption overlooks the critical role that Scott actually played in directing government policy. Melvin Dagg is more reticent in his appraisal of Scott. " Dagg argues, however, that this was not always the case.

If the savage impulses he attributed to the Indians were deeprooted in their collective psyche—primeval instincts that were somehow genetically transmitted—it followed that if the group remained endogamous these inherited disabilities would never be purged. Therefore, advancement could only take place through the injection of a superior strain of blood. Intermarriage with the more advanced Caucasian race would provide the Indians with the best prospect for progress. As Scott put it: The happiest future for the Indian race is absorption into the general population, and this is the object of the policy of our government.

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