Beyond the City Limits: Rural History in British Columbia by R. W. Sandwell

By R. W. Sandwell

The essays in past town Limits, all released right here for the 1st time, decisively holiday this silence and problem conventional readings of B.C. historical past. during this wide-ranging assortment, R.W. Sandwell attracts jointly a special crew of individuals who deliver services, methodologies, and theoretical views taken from social and political heritage, environmental reports, cultural geography, and anthropology. They speak about such various issues as Aboriginal-White settler kinfolk on Vancouver Island, pimping and violence in northern BC, and the triumph of the coddling moth over Okanagan orchardists, to teach slender emphasis on source extraction, capitalist labour family, and concrete society seriously isn't vast sufficient to safely describe those that populated the province’s heritage.

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A constable was dispatched to apprehend the accused but was repelled by force. When a number of settlers gathered to lend assistance, the Cowichan congregated in large enough numbers to resist the arrest, and the officer was forced to return without his man. Having again failed to force the Cowichan off his preemption, Dods finally resorted to Powell's first suggestion and attempted to negotiate with them. He concluded from his discussions that a payment of $100 to $150 would settle the matter.

Dods replied that he did not think that this was a good idea, since the Cowichan would probably just re-build it again. He was also afraid that such an act would only worsen his relations with the Cowichan, perhaps even encouraging them to burn his crop. 48 The failure of the provincial police to evict the Cowichan prompted Dods to again ask Powell for assistance. 50 Two days later, Dods wrote to the attorney general complaining of the unfairness of his predicament. '51 By the summer of 1874, Dods' situation had further deteriorated, with him being prevented from even building fences on his pre-emption.

The Indian Act defined 'Indians' as members of an 'Indian band,' and defined a band to be a group to whom the state had allocated land. The definition of Indian-ness became associated with being attached to a certain piece of land. The 1850s treaties 'reserved' lands for Indians. ' To stop being 'Indians,' that is, to escape the restrictions of the Indian Act, Indians had to apply for enfranchisement in the same way that a prisoner applies for parole. The criteria for granting both were similar: letters of reference, assessments from the Indian agent as to the candidate's moral and physical health, and if the application was 'successful,' a period of probation.

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