'Enough to Keep Them Alive': Indian Welfare in Canada, 1873-1965, paper ed


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.

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