With Good Intentions examines the joint efforts of Aboriginal people and individuals of European ancestry to counter injustice in Canada when colonization was at its height, from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century. These people recognized colonial wrongs and worked together in a variety of ways to right them, but they could not stem the tide of European-based exploitation. The book is neither an apologist text nor an attempt to argue that some colonizers were simply “well intentioned.” Almost all those considered here – teachers, lawyers, missionaries, activists – had as their overall goal the Christianization and civilization of Canada’s First Peoples. By discussing examples of Euro-Canadians who worked with Aboriginal peoples, With Good Intentions brings to light some of the lesser-known complexities of colonization.
Haig-Brown, Nock and the contributing authors are to be congratulated for presenting a work that is well-researched and competently argued.
Celia Haig-Brown teaches in the Faculty of Education at York University in Toronto. David A. Nock teaches in the Department of Sociology at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.
Contributors: Thomas S. Abler, Jean Barman, Michael D. Blackstock, Sarah Carter, Janet E. Chute, Celia Haig-Brown, Mary Haig-Brown, Jan Hare, Alan Knight, David A. Nock, Donald B. Smith, and Wendy Wickwire.
Introduction / David A. Nock and Celia Haig-Brown
1 Horatio Hale: Forgotten Victorian Author of Positive Aboriginal Representation / David A. Nock
2 Trust Us: A Case Study in Colonial Social Relations Based on Documents Prepared by the Aborigines Protection Society, 1836-1912 / Michael D. Blackstock
3 A Mi’kmaq Missionary among the Mohawks: Silas T. Rand and His Attitudes toward Race and "Progress" / Thomas S. Abler
4 A Visionary on the Edge: Allan Macdonell and the Championing of Native Resource Rights / Alan Knight and Janet E. Chute
5 Taking up the Torch: Simon J. Dawson and the Upper Great Lakes' Native Resource Campaign of the 1860s and 1870s / Janet E. Chute and Alan Knight
6 The "Friends" of Nahnebahwequa / Celia Haig-Brown
7 Aboriginals and Their Influence on E.F. Wilson’s Paradigm Revolution / David A. Nock
8 Good Intentions Gone Awry: From Protection to Confinement in Emma Crosby's Home for Aboriginal Girls / Jan Hare and Jean Barman
9 The "Cordial Advocate": Amelia McLean Paget and The People of the Plains / Sarah A. Carter
10 Honoré Joseph Jaxon: A Lifelong Friend of Aboriginal Canada / Donald D. Smith
11 Arthur Eugene O’Meara: Servant, Advocate, Seeker of Justice / Mary Haig-Brown
12 "They Wanted ... Me to Help Them": James A. Teit and the Challenge of Ethnography in the Boasian Era / Wendy Wickwire
Appendix: The Fair Play Papers - The Future of Our Indians
Receive the latest UBC Press news, including events, catalogues, and announcements.Subscribe to our newsletter now
Read past newsletters