By Brian Titley
Typically thought of a sympathetic portrayer of the Canadian Indian, Duncan Campbell Scott printed 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 common 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 dep. knew most sensible.
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H. Bradbury, MP for Selkirk, accused the department of using bribery and trickery to secure the surrender. He also declared that potential purchasers were discouraged from making bids on the land while friends of the government staked out their claims. '6 Indian discontent over this transaction carried on for years. " 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.
But the task was an onerous one for the state. "66 Here was an unmistakable echo of the rhetoric of nineteenth-century imperialism. "6' In making these observations, Scott was writing in his capacity as deputy superintendent general of Indian affairs, but there is no evidence to suggest that his private views differed. He saw the Indians as primitive, child-like creatures in constant need of the paternal care of the government. With guidance, they would gradually abandon their superstitious beliefs and barbaric behaviour and adopt civilization.
Scott led an extremely busy literary life. For example, he worked consistently at promoting the poetry of his friend Archibald Lampman after the latter's untimely death in 1899. 24 Nothing would have pleased Scott more than the establishment of an internationally recognized Canadian literary tradition. His interests, however, extended to all forms of artistic expression. Ottawa was a dull town in his day, and it was poorly served by the cultural amenities associated with national capitals. Scott played an important role in generating and sustaining some cultural life.
A Narrow Vision: Duncan Campbell Scott and the Administration of Indian Affairs in Canada by Brian Titley