By Brian Titley
Often thought of a sympathetic portrayer of the Canadian Indian, Duncan Campbell Scott printed in his writings his actual ideals concerning 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 comparable to the making of treatises in northern Ontario, land claims in British Columbia, and the prestige of the Six international locations underscored his ideals that the Indians didn't have any valid grievances and that the dep. knew most sensible.
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For example, in "Lines in Memory of Edmund Morris," Crowfoot, the Blackfoot chief, is honoured. 41 This is an improbable hypothesis, however, considering the role Scott played in determining the actual terms of these settlements (see Chapter Four). Keiichi Hirano, a Japanese observer, is less apologetic. 42 Gerald Lynch enters the realm of Scott's non-fiction in an attempt to discern his "attitude". 44 The natives are used as props, backdrops to the main events. Nor are they ever depicted as equal to the white man.
During this period he was to be the principal architect of Indian policy. 2 The Poet and the Indians The man who was to direct the federal Indian department for almost twenty years was a complex figure whose activities and influence extended far beyond the civil service. In fact, Duncan Campbell Scott's reputation is based largely upon his contributions to the world of belles lettres, while his role as government mandarin has been relatively ignored. But his career in the latter capacity and, in particular, his "attitude" to the native population has been the subject of much conjecture by commentators who have been evidently entranced by his poetic skills.
She was vivacious and energetic and The Poet and the Indians 29 tended to dominate the socially self-conscious poet. 29 Their only child, Elizabeth Duncan, was born in July 1895. Scott was devoted to her, as his personal letters show. In 1907 the parents decided that she should attend a school in France for a year. In April Scott received a four-month leave of absence and went to Europe to join his wife and daughter who were already there. Leaving Elizabeth in Paris, the Scotts journeyed to Spain at the end of May.
A Narrow Vision: Duncan Campbell Scott and the Administration of Indian Affairs in Canada by Brian Titley