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Optional at first, the electedsystem provisions were gradually imposed. In at least two cases, the Akwesasne reserve in Quebec in 1899 (Confederation 1983, 10; Richardson 1987, 37) and the Six Nations reserve in Ontario in 1924 (Akwesasne 1978; Weaver 1978, 533), the changes were forcibly imposed by the police. ” (Statutes of Canada 1884, 47 Victoria, ch. 27, s. 3) These prohibitions were abolished in 1951, apparently following pressures exerted by a lobby group made up of Calgary Stampede organizers, who relied on First Nations dances to enhance the prestige of their annual fair.

39 Aboriginal Peoples: Fact and Fiction Despite the persistence of federal guardianship, we are fortunately very far removed from the days when Indian Affairs agents acted like “kings and masters” on the reserves. Significant steps toward autonomy and self-government have been taken. In the early 1970s, the National Indian Brotherhood chose the area of education to spearhead the “take charge” movement, publishing Indian Control of Indian Education. Today, elementary and secondary education is almost entirely administered by band councils, as is the case for health and social services, recreation, housing, public security, and economic development, where self-government agreements have been entered into.

First Nations peoples did not have the right to vote because they were not considered to have the attributes of citizenship. During the war of 1914–1918, the Indians had been expressly excluded from conscription. Nonetheless, a large number of them volunteered. The same scenario occurred in 1939, but Sioui considered that if First Nations peoples chose to fight in the armed forces, it should be in full freedom and as the king’s allies, not as His Majesty’s subjects. The campaign led by Jules Sioui for the independence of his nation led to the proclamation of the North American Indian Nation Government in 1945.

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