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By Pierre Lepage ; supervision, Maryse Alcindor ; translation, Jan Jordon .

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27, s. 3) These prohibitions were abolished in 1951, apparently following pressures exerted by a lobby group made up of Calgary Stampede organizers, who relied on First Nations dances to enhance the prestige of their annual fair. However, it was the Department of Indian Affairs agent system that symbolized the Department’s real control over the internal life of the communities. Up to the 1960s, agents present on each of the reserves exercised KINGS AND MASTERS ON THE RESERVE quasi-absolute power over these communiUp to the 1960s, Indian Affairs agents, present on each of the reserves, exercised a ties, regulating virtualquasi-absolute power in these communities.

40 Moreover, Aboriginal peoples are not Quebec and Canadian citizens like everyone else, and they never were Quebec and Canadian citizens under either the French regime or the British regime. They are distinct citizens, and this undeniable reality must be taken into account in the interpretation to be given to the right to equality. Since 1982 in particular, the Canadian Constitution has clearly indicated that Ab o rig i nals are “peoples” and that in this regard they have collective rights. We cannot invoke an individual right to equality in order to advocate their assimilation or deny them the right to exist, the right to develop, and the right to Photo: Pierre Trudel thrive as collectivities.

An Aboriginal leader from Alberta, Harold Cardinal, immediately responded with the publication of a book that has since become well-known: The Unjust Society. The Tragedy of Canada’s Indians. From the first page, the author affirmed that once again First Nations peoples had been betrayed by a program that offered nothing less than cultural genocide. The policy presented in June 1969 was a thinly veiled program of extermination by way of enfranchisement. Not mincing his words, Cardinal added that to survive an Amerindian had to become a good lit- decisions on their behalf.

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