Indigenous People : The Indian Act, The Bagot Commission, Enfranchisement And The White Paper

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Indigenous people have faced tremendous amounts of trauma throughout history. Indian Policy has been set out throughout history in order to assimilate and colonize Indigenous people, specifically in the Indian Act, the Bagot Commission, Enfranchisement and the White Paper. All of these policies had been developed with the hopes of civilizing Indigenous people. The Indian Act set out to control and civilizes Indigenous people. This is done by keeping track of who is and is not a status Indian, as well as direct assimilation by attempting to strip Indigenous people from their cultures and transition them into mainstream Canada. The Bagot Commission had good intentions however; their recommendations were nothing short of dissatisfying for Indigenous people. They believed Indigenous people needed parenting and treated them as children. Their main goal was to have Indigenous people integrated into European culture. Indigenous people were given the option of enfranchisement. This gave them to ability to sell their land in return for full Canadian citizenship. European people did not respect the value that the lands held for Indigenous people. Lastly, the White Paper (formally withdrawn) would have had many implementations of Indigenous people. They would lose their special status in an attempt to assimilate Indigenous people. Indigenous people are faced with colonization and assimilation every day. Throughout history, Indian policy has been created as a target of eliminating

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