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By Brian Titley

Quite often thought of a sympathetic portrayer of the Canadian Indian, Duncan Campbell Scott published in his writings his actual ideals in regards to the stipulations and way forward for Canada's local humans. in the course of his lengthy and turbulent tenure as Deputy Superintendent basic of Indian Affairs, his reaction to demanding situations comparable to the making of treatises in northern Ontario, land claims in British Columbia, and the prestige of the Six countries underscored his ideals that the Indians didn't have any valid grievances and that the dept knew top.

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Further reorganization took place within the department before the end of Laurier's regime. '8 In 1909 also, the department created the position of superintendent of education, and Duncan Campbell Scott was given the appointment, while retaining his accountant's responsibilities. It showed at once the increasing importance attached to education as far as policy was concerned and Scott's rising star within the department. The Liberals were defeated in the general election of 1911, and Robert Borden's Conservatives formed a government in October of that year.

Scott expressed his eagerness that the Indians adopt agriculture, or at least cultivate gardens, and that "habits of industry and thrift" be encouraged. When expenditure did become necessary, agents were required to keep accurate accounts and to justify every penny. When band funds were available, it was preferable to use them rather than to make demands on the public coffers. In cases of destitution, the department was willing to provide support in order to prevent suffering. " The same principle applied in the case of medical expenses.

Of course, the pursuit of this aim was already under way as the twentieth century dawned, and some mixed results were available. Although Scott frequently generalized about Indians, he was also prepared to differentiate among them, especially when it came to assessing progress. He was least optimistic about the plains Indian. "59 They had only been in constant contact with white people for a short period of time, and they were finding the transition from hunting to agriculture extremely difficult in spite of vigorous government efforts on their behalf.

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