Victoria's First Nations

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Even though the First Nation peoples suffered many setbacks during Queen Victoria’s reign, they continued to show devotion to the Crown. From 1760’s up until just after the War of 1812, First Nations were crucial allies and political partners. After the war Europeans didn’t see First Nations and useful anymore, they were more so just in the way of their wish to expand the agriculture world in Canada and were hoped to see penned up on reserves or to completely assimilate them. For the First Nations, kinship relationships are extremely important and the sense of family was extended to include the Queen, even though the First Nations didn’t appreciate the white people. They felt she would protect them and the “red coats” who were there, were to…show more content…
The Europeans were looking to officially “introduce them amongst the industrious and habits of civilized life.” First Nations were to be “locked up” on reserves, switch their hunting, gathering and trading economy to become settled in agriculture and convert to Christianity. In later years, the First Nations had to get a signed permit to leave the reserve to sell their product in town. Sir Francis Bond Head said it was waste of time and money to try and “civilize” the Indians and it did more harm than good. Head also says that “the best thing to do for them is to induce them and relocate them up into the northern shield. The Indian Department policy started in the late 1830’as a re-establishment of the Indian Department policy, which ended up lasting until the 1970’s with some modifications. This did massive damage to the relationship between the First Nations and the white people. Up to the time when Queen Victoria died in 1901, the white people had systematically attacked Native identity, education, governance, and spiritual practices. Although the First Nations were treated so poorly, they still had a feeling Victoria would watch over them as their children and make sure nothing got to…show more content…
They were disappointed with the queen and the Canadian government, some chiefs wrote letters saying that their people won’t celebrate the Queen’s day and that she hasn’t been the good mother to them. Also they mentioned that she must know that the B.C. government has pushed the Indians off their land and that if she is such a great person and powerful Victoria should help give some of it back. Chief Joseph, a Coast Salish chief, said to Franz Boas, “When you get there go to the Queen and tell her: ‘Three men came and made treaties and said it was the Queen’s land. That made our hearts sad and we are mad at the three men, but we not angry at the Queen Victoria.’” The First Nations might have complained about the about the queen’s government, but they weren’t going to criticize Queen Victoria directly. As time went on the First Nations started to feel the warmth of the queen and even called Victoria’s son a brother of theirs. If war was to come to Britain the First Nations were always ready to defend their “beloved” Sovereign Queen Victoria. Victoria was to have the Indians back and the Indians were always willing to help her when they

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