By Brian Titley

Commonly thought of a sympathetic portrayer of the Canadian Indian, Duncan Campbell Scott printed in his writings his genuine 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 normal of Indian Affairs, his reaction to demanding situations corresponding to 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 top.

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However, by an order-in-council dated 17 January 1918, they were exempted from the provisions of the Military Service Act which had introduced conscription the previous year. The exemption was made on the grounds that they were not full citizens. 8 The sacrifice of their young men in the trenches of the western front was not the only contribution expected oflndians in the war effort. The production of extra food was considered vital to the success of the Entente powers, and the Indians held land that could be employed to that end.

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. "45 Historian E. Palmer Patterson II also attempts to view Scott and his ideas as products of their time and comes to conclusions similar to Flood's. He notes, for example, that the graphic violence in Scott's writing is almost always the work of Indians.

In "The Onondaga Madonna," the native woman is of mixed blood herself and is bearing the child of a white man. 46 As these varying remarks show, Scott's poetry is a highly unreliable guide to his feelings regarding the native population. Nor is it really necessary. Scott's pronouncements on Indians in readily comprehensible prose, in both an official and unofficial capacity, are legion. Because of their frequency and unwavering consistency, they are by far the best guide to what the private and public man really believed.

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