Speaking with Authority: The Emergence of the Vocabulary of by Michael W. Posluns

By Michael W. Posluns

This paintings explores the emergence of the vocabulary of First international locations' self-government into the area of public and parliamentary discourse in Canada throughout the decade of the Nineteen Seventies. The emergence of the vocabulary is chronicled via a learn of the testimony of First international locations and aboriginal witnesses prior to a sequence of Joint Committees at the Constitutions and the Commons Committee on Indian Affairs and northerly improvement.

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2. 3. 4. 5. Gathering materials; Recording and organizing research; Selecting events for the narration; Historical and Parliamentary terminology; Verifying biographical information. HISTORICAL RESEARCH: GATHERING MATERIALS The focus of my research was the Proceedings of three Joint Committees on the Constitution and the Proceedings of the Standing Committee on Indian Affairs and Northern Development and its sub-committees. 14 Speaking with Authority I used these sources primarily because, from my own recollections, they had the makings of a good story which had not previously been told.

I have chosen to restrict my use of the term “Native” to those represented by the Native Council of Canada for two reasons. , they would hold their land in the same manner as settlers. Generally speaking, this was the distinction between those represented by the National Indian Brotherhood and those represented by the Native Council in the 1970s. Secondly, many Indian leaders, in the 1970s, held that certain ministers of the government preferred the term “Native” because it was consonant with the government’s desire to avoid dealing with promises, obligations and relationships set out in the treaties.

What actual changes resulted from the supposed 1971 withdrawal of the White Paper? Or, from the 1973 statement of the then Minister of Indian Affairs, Jean Chrétien, that the NIB position paper, Indian Control of Indian Education would become departmental policy? In none of these cases is it evident that the mere uttering of a policy statement established a policy direction. Thirdly, when several departments have a role in a given policy arena there is little historical evidence to support an expectation that all departments will follow the same policy.

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