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In other cases indigenous organizations pressed for larger political goals, including regime change. Tactics also varied substantially. Some organizations used nonviolent methods, while others opted for armed revolt. At the extreme in terms of their political tactics and strategy were the armed Zapatistas. Nonetheless, as has been noted, indigenous political organizations have been increasingly effective in coordinating their activities. Several other factors have also fueled the growth of indigenous political activism.
The end of the British and French wars rendered the military alliances with the First Nations irrelevant. The shift from trade to settled agriculture and manufacture caused the trading treaties to decline, and the new technologies led to the overexploitation of wildlife, undermining Aboriginal economies and forcing Aboriginal peoples into relations of dependency. These factors and others upset the balance of power that underlay the rough equality of the treaty relationship. The prevailing view of the world of (English and French) Europeans and European-Canadians in the nineteenth century served to legitimate the colonial relationship.
The bottom-up approach called for by Franks in chapter 4, below, might have greater potential than settler and Aboriginal Canadians have so far conceded, corresponding well with prevailing (if not historic) currents in Canadian politics. Masterstrokes such as the Royal Proclamation or megaconstitutional politics, while conforming to the strategy advocated by the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, would seem to hold less potential. One hesitates to assess the results or prospects in Canada.