Treaty promises, Indian reality : life on a reserve
Xwi7xwa Library, University of British Columbia

Book > Memoir
LeRat, Harold
Ungar, Linda
"The story of life on reserves after treaty is a story of power: the power of Indian Affairs. Indian agents controlled every aspect of life on and off reserve - the dreaded pass system and permission slips needed to sell farm produce, or not as it suited the agents; the instructors whose job it was to transform Indian hunters into farmers; the residential school system, and the questionable surrender of reserve land. Yet, this book does not make a political statement. It does not judge the actions of the government, its agents, or anyone else. In an ever-respectful voice, this book relates things as they were, and points to the many successes of Indian peoples despite the many challenges they faced.

This book is a story of triumph over adversity and oppression. In this very personal account of life on an Indian reserve and in residential schools, Harold LeRat, with the assistance of writer Linda Ungar, relates the history of the Cowessess people based on stories told by elders, research he did in connection with the land surrender, and his own recollections. In many ways, this book provides a look at the Indian reality of the lives of many First Nations peoples and the development of reserves on the Prairies"--publisher's website.

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About the storyteller -- Acknowledgements -- Ancestors -- ch. 1 / An ́€œX́€? changes everything -- ch. 2 / Leaving those hills behind -- ch. 3 / Resistance -- ch. 4 / Warrior farmers -- ch. 5 / Stolen land, broken promises -- ch. 6 / Many rules -- ch. 7 / Priests and pencils -- ch. 8 / Memories -- ch. 9 / Little child's legacy -- Sorting it out -- Notes -- Index -- About the writer.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
First Nations author - Cree / Saulteaux.


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