Enough to Keep Them Alive

SKU: 0802086101

Hugh Shewell
Grade Levels:
College, University
Multiple Nations
Book Type:
University of Toronto Press
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Enough to Keep Them Alive: Indian Welfare in Canada, 1873-1965 explores the history of the development and administration of social assistance policies on First Nations reserves in Canada from confederation to the modern period, demonstrating a continuity of policy with roots in the pre-confederation practices of fur trading companies. Far from being a measure of progress or humanitarian aid, First Nations welfare policy in Canada was used deliberately to oppress and marginalize First Nations peoples and to foster their assimilation into the dominant society. Extensive archival evidence from the Indian Affairs record group at the National Archives of Canada is supplemented for the post-World War Two era by interviews with some of the key federal players. More than just an historical narrative, the book presents a critical analysis with a clear theoretical focus drawing on colonial and post-colonial theory, social theory, and critiques of liberalism and liberal democracy.

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