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Title: The Saugeen Ojibway Nation and Canada : historical relationships, settler colonialism, and stories of a shared space
Author: Wright, Christopher James
ISNI:       0000 0004 6497 7670
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2017
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This dissertation is a study of the relations of Saugeen Ojibway Nation in Southwestern Ontario with British and other European settlers, the British colonial state and Canadian nation. It is committed to an illumination of the experience of Indigenous peoples as waves of migrants surrounded and enclosed them in new ways of life. The dissertation draws partially on unpublished sources, and some material culture, in particular wampum, but is principally based on published primary sources including government letters, documents, and reports; settler diaries; newspaper articles; school texts books; and Indigenous created records, testimonials, and collections of interviews. The Anishinaabe ways of living made them appear to be an obstacle to the aims of settlers, the British Crown, and later Canadian government. The sections of the dissertation examine key episodes: initial engagements between the Saugeen Ojibway Nation and early settlers (1830s-1880s), pre-confederation land treaties and the discontent they engendered (1836-1861), and the tragedy of the Residential Schools (1830s-1960s), seeking to map a the evolution of relationships between Canada and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation as Canada increasingly sought to remove Indigenous peoples by way of either assimilation or extermination. But there was also, from the outset, an alternative experience of peaceful and respectful coexistence, and the dissertation attempts, in all these sections, to make this visible. Today, the population within Canadian borders is comprised of sovereign Indigenous peoples, the descendants of settlers, and newcomers. The thesis is intended to be a contribution to a new history of Canada as a shared space.
Supervisor: Sleight, Simon Paul ; Drayton, Richard Harry Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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