Canada and the Metis, 1869-1885

Canada and the Metis, 1869-1885


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Canada and the Metis, 1869-1885 by D.N. Sprague

“In this book, Professor D.N. Sprague tells why the Métis did not receive the land that was supposed to be theirs under the Manitoba Act.... Sprague offers many examples of the methods used, such as legislation justifying the sale of the land allotted to Métis children without any of the safeguards ordinarily required in connection with transactions with infants. Then there were powers of attorny, tax sales—any number of stratgems could be used, and were—to see that the land intended for the Métis and their families went to others. All branches of the government participated. It is a shameful tale, but one that must be told.”

— from the foreword by Thomas R. Berger

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780889209640
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date: 06/02/1988
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents for
Canada and the Métis, 1869–1885 by D.N. Sprague with foreword by Thomas R. Berger

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1. Historiographical Introduction

2. Acquiring Canada’s First Colony

3. Asserting Canadian Authority Over Assiniboia

4. Negotiating with Delegates from the North West

5. Eliminating the Riel Factor from Manitoba Politics

6. “Unlocking” the Territory for “Actual Settlers”

7. Amending the Manitoba Act

8. Completing the Dispersal of the Manitoba Métis

9. Reaching for the Commercial Value of the North West

10. Confronting Riel and Completing the CPR


Note on Sources and Method

Selected Bibliography


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