By Pierre Lepage ; supervision, Maryse Alcindor ; translation, Jan Jordon .

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First Nations peoples did not have the right to vote because they were not considered to have the attributes of citizenship. During the war of 1914–1918, the Indians had been expressly excluded from conscription. Nonetheless, a large number of them volunteered. The same scenario occurred in 1939, but Sioui considered that if First Nations peoples chose to fight in the armed forces, it should be in full freedom and as the king’s allies, not as His Majesty’s subjects. The campaign led by Jules Sioui for the independence of his nation led to the proclamation of the North American Indian Nation Government in 1945.

For many, this interference by the Canadian government constituted the worst injustice ever perpetrated against this 26 community. It would certainly serve as an example for other communities. Assimilation: Not a Hidden Objective elected systems modelled on town councils. The title of the Indian Advancement Act of 1884, adopted for the benefit of the “more advanced bands,”conveys a great deal about the government’s attitude toward political life within these communities. Optional at first, the electedsystem provisions were gradually imposed.

The history of residential schools is also marked by countless tales of negligence, abuse, and physical and sexual violence. Although we should not assume that every school was the same, the findings are nevertheless serious. In 1998, the Government of Canada agreed to contribute $350 million to support community-healing initiatives for members of the Aboriginal peoples who were affected by the physical and sexual abuse suffered in residential schools. This fund is currently administered by the independent Aboriginal Healing Foundation (Aboriginal Healing Foundation 1999).

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