Report of the...Conditions of the Half-Breed Population of Alberta, 1936

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Title: Report of the...Conditions of the Half-Breed Population of Alberta, 1936
Creator: Government of Alberta
Subject: Métis, Colonies, Settlements, Alberta, Brady, James
Description: This report outlines the necessity for the creation of Métis rehabilitation colonies in Alberta. The United Farmers of Alberta government initiated this process; however, the Social Credit government would eventually implement several of the Reports findings. The report provides a brief overview of the dissolution of the Métis’ land base in Western Canada following the 1885 Resistance and the destitution which most Métis faced. The report focused on the appalling lack of health and education services for the Métis. The commissioners concluded the Métis should be put on a series of segregated Métis colonies where they would be provided with abundant fish and game and sufficient land to produce food. However, the report felt that the Métis were unfit to administer the colonies – control would remain with the Department of Land and Mines. In a final act of paternalism, the report argued that only destitute Métis should be put on the colony. This report is part of the James Brady Papers, which were donated to the Gabriel Dumont Institute in the 1990s by author and activist, Murray Dobbin. Dobbin used this collection to write his book about James Brady and Malcolm Norris entitled “The One-And-A-Half Men: The Story of Jim Brady & Malcolm Norris, Metis Patriots of the 20th Century”. Transcribed by David Morin and edited by Christine Charmbury and Darren R. Préfontaine. This document has been re-transcribed from the original and includes all spelling and grammatical errors.
Publisher: Gabriel Dumont Institute
Date: 1936
Type: Text Document
Language: English
Date of Copyright: October 22, 2004
Coverage: Alberta
GDI Media Location: Brady Papers - VM Final
GDI Media Filename: RoyalRep.Metis.Alta.pdf

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