By Brian Titley
Ordinarily 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 basic of Indian Affairs, his reaction to demanding situations resembling 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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Scott's lifelong friendship with Pelham Edgar also began in the 1890s. Edgar was a bright young scholar and literary critic; later, he was to teach in the French and English departments at Victoria College, Toronto. Scott often sent him his latest poetry for evaluation before submitting it for publication. 17 Scott and Edgar worked closely together during the opening decade of the new century when they were chosen as the joint editors of George Morang's Makers of Canada. This twenty volume series of biographies was executed in the "great man" tradition of history.
When expenditure did become necessary, agents were required to keep accurate accounts and to justify every penny. When band funds were available, it was preferable to use them rather than to make demands on the public coffers. In cases of destitution, the department was willing to provide support in order to prevent suffering. " The same principle applied in the case of medical expenses. 5 General Aspects of Policy and Administration 39 Scott's circular was not designed to provide friendly advice, but rather to point out a number of strict principles that agents were obliged to adhere to or risk the loss of their jobs.
Those who adhered to this ideology longed for the day when their country would become an equal partner in a British imperial federation. In fact, some believed that Canada, because of its vigour (in comparison to the decadence that was observed in England) would ultimately become the dominant partner. 12 While Berger does not mention Scott specifically, his political ideas were virtually identical to those of Sir George Parkin, Col. George Taylor Denison, George Munro Grant, Stephen Leacock, and other contemporaries.
A Narrow Vision: Duncan Campbell Scott and the Administration of Indian Affairs in Canada by Brian Titley