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Making Native Space
Colonialism, Resistance, and Reserves in British Columbia
R. Cole Harris  

$87.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 5/14/2002
ISBN: 9780774809009    

$36.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/1/2003
ISBN: 9780774809016    

448 Pages

Brenda and David McLean Canadian Studies series


About the Book

• Winner, 2002 Sir John A. Macdonald Prize, Canadian Historical Association
• Winner, 2002 Clio Award for British Columbia, Canadian Historical Association
• Finalist, 2002 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize for best non-fiction literary book, BC Book Prizes
• Winner, 2003 Massey Medal, Royal Canadian Geographical Society
• Winner, 2003 K.D. Srivastava Prize for Excellence in Scholarly Publishing

This elegantly written and insightful book provides a geographical history of the Indian reserve in British Columbia. Cole Harris analyzes the impact of reserves on Native lives and livelihoods and considers how, in light of this, the Native land question might begin to be resolved. The account begins in the early nineteenth-century British Empire and then follows Native land policy - and Native resistance to it - in British Columbia from the Douglas treaties in the early 1850s to the formal transfer of reserves to the Dominion in 1938.

Making Native Space clarifies and informs the current debate on the Native land question. It presents the most comprehensive account available of perhaps the most critical mapping of space ever undertaken in BC - the drawing of the lines that separated the tiny plots of land reserved for Native people from the rest.

Geographers, historians, anthropologists, and anybody interested in and involved in the politics of treaty negotiation in British Columbia should read this book.

About the Author(s)

Cole Harris recently retired as a member of the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia and is the author or editor of many books about British Columbia and Canada, including The Historical Atlas of Canada, Volume 1, for which he was the editor, and The Resettlement of British Columbia: Essays on Colonialism and Geographical Change.

Table of Contents

Figures and Illustrations

Part 1: The Colonial Period
1. The Imperial Background
2. The Douglas Years, 1850-64
3. Ideology and Land Policy, 1864-71

Part 2: Province and Dominion
4. The Confederation Years, 1871-76
5. The Joint Indian Reserve Commission, 1876-78
6. Sproat and the Native Voice, 1878-80

Part 3: Filling in the Map
7. O’Reilly, Bureaucracy, and Reserves, 1880-98
8. Imposing a Solution, 1898-1938

Part 4: Land and Livelihood
9. Native Space
10. Towards a Postcolonial Land Policy

Appendix: Indian Reserves in British Columbia during the Colonial Period
Source Notes for Maps


As the first comprehensive account of the reserve system in British Columbia, the book is an important contribution to regional history, the history of aboriginal-white relations, and colonialism. Perhaps most unexpectedly, because it puts aboriginal-white relations in the context of the federal-provincial wrangling that has shaped the Canadian political landscape since 1867, it also manages to breathe new life into an old historical chestnut.
-- Tina Loo, American Historical Review, April 2003

This is a wonderful, timely, thoughtful, and gracefully written book. It makes a highly significant contribution, both to scholarship and to public policy.'
-- Hamar Foster, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, author of English Law, British Columbia: Establishing Legal Institutions West of the Rockies and The White Man’s Law in the Far West: Establishing Legal Institutions in British Columbia

Cole Harris has written the definitive history of the Aboriginal struggle for recognition and justice in British Columbia. Future generations of British Columbians, Aboriginal and otherwise, will thank him for this remarkable story.
-- Neil J. Sterritt, Gitksan Nation, co-author of Tribal Boundaries in the Nass Watershed

Along with its encyclopaedic account of the white geographies and mentalities that dominated British Columbia through the 1800s and 1900s, Making Native Space is also a compelling saga of Aboriginal management and resistance.
-- Robert Menzies, Canadian Journal of Law and Society, Vol. 18, No. 1.

Cole Harris’s latest book is a well crafted, handsomely produced historical geography….It is rich in terms of its colonial discourse analysis, its comparative insight and its engagement with the politics of postcolonialism.
- Alan Lester, University of Sussex, Area, Vol. 35, Issue 3, September 2003

This is an important book for historians, geographers, lawyers, government officials, and scholars of Aboriginal studies. But it deserves to reach a wider audience because it speaks to fundamental issues of Canada’s founding, namely, the dispossession of the original peoples living here.

Harris has given us a remarkable book, a genealogy, in the Foucauldian sense, of reserve policy and the land question in BC today.

-- Jean-Paul Restoule, University of Toronto Quarterly, Winter 2004/05

Outstanding… invites us to rethink, and remap, literally and figuratively, the boundaries and paths that can guide us to a brighter future.
--Karl Preuss, University of Victoria, American Indian Quarterly, Summer & Fall 2005, Vol. 29, Nos 3&4.

Sample Chapter

Chapter 1

Related Topics

Native Studies > Canada
History > Canada
Geography > Canada
Aboriginal Studies
BC Studies
BC Studies > Native Studies
BC Studies > History
BC Studies > Geography
BC Studies > Anthropology

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