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By Brian Titley

Often 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 common of Indian Affairs, his reaction to demanding situations reminiscent of 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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Establishing and operating "greater production farms" on Indian land. These were unusual experiments in state agricultural entrepreneurship— farms directed by the department's agents using Indian labour. 14 The scheme presupposed that Indian lands would be readily available. Scott inquired of the Justice Department and was assured that under the War Measures Act of 1914 as much land as necessary could be expropriated without band consent for temporary use. 15 In the meantime, however, it was considered advisable to amend the Indian Act, not only to legitimize the expropriations but also to make available "idle" band funds for investment in the scheme.

His interests, however, extended to all forms of artistic expression. Ottawa was a dull town in his day, and it was poorly served by the cultural amenities associated with national capitals. Scott played an important role in generating and sustaining some cultural life. He was president of the Ottawa Symphony Society for a number of years. 25 Scott was an avid and knowledgeable collector of art. He owned two Emily Carr paintings, one of which had been presented to him by the artist herself. The painter Edmund Morris, who was noted for his Indian portraits, was a close friend, and accompanied Scott on several of his wilderness journeys on department business.

Section 49a was even more controversial. " This was the notorious "Oliver Act," which alarmed Indian leaders. They correctly perceived it as a major step in the erosion of band control of reserve lands. In adopting these amendments, the government was acceding to the demands of those who coveted Indian land. But the measures also reflected the opinion of leading officials within Indian Affairs. '3 In fact, department officials were increasingly coming to the view that reserves had outlived their usefulness.

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