By Pierre Lepage ; supervision, Maryse Alcindor ; translation, Jan Jordon .
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The Indian communities were trapped, deprived of any legal recourse. 28 In 1945, Indians who attempted to affirm their sovereignty and their desire for selfgovernment faced just as strong opposition. The North American Indian Nation Government was founded; when the federal government undertook a revision of the Indian Act, this organization passed its own Indian Act. But this affirmation of autonomy would have its price. Assimilation: Not a Hidden Objective THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN NATION GOVERNMENT IS ESTABLISHED IN 1945 In 1945, the North American Indian Nation Government was established on the initiative of Jules Sioui, a Huron from Lorette.
Moreover, the fur trade was in decline. The Amerindian nations lost their position as strategic allies; but although they were no longer needed for war or commerce, their lands were still indispensable. Against this backdrop, an extensive assimilation plan was developed. As pointed out by the anthropologists Savard and Proulx, starting in the 1840s, government authorities would in effect endeavour [TRANSLATION] “to acquire the powers necessary to accelerate Indian territorial dispossession and to decrease the number of Indians by way of assimilation into the white man’s way of life.
The Amerindian nations lost their position as strategic allies; but although they were no longer needed for war or commerce, their lands were still indispensable. Against this backdrop, an extensive assimilation plan was developed. As pointed out by the anthropologists Savard and Proulx, starting in the 1840s, government authorities would in effect endeavour [TRANSLATION] “to acquire the powers necessary to accelerate Indian territorial dispossession and to decrease the number of Indians by way of assimilation into the white man’s way of life.
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