The 1876 Indian ActBy: Nathan PriceMarch 15th, 2021
April 12, 1876 The Indian Act is introduced. The Act aims to eradicate First Nations culture in favour of assimilation into Euro-Canadian society.
The federal department assumed greater authority over Indians and lands reserved for Indians, managing their lands, monies and resources.
This land is ours now.
The overall push for assimilation included bans on Indigenous spiritual ceremonies such as powwows and the sun dance. Also the act introduces rules and regulations in order to vote.
No religious Ceremonies are allowed.
Many amendments were to further the governments effort to assimilate the Indigenous people. One amendment made it difficult for native people to keep their status of “Indian." Losing this status meant losing rights, and not being able to receive services and benefits
If you marry that white man who doesn't have status you will lose your Indian status.
The Indian act is what allowed the government to create residential schools, where indigenous children were forced to learn a different unknown language and were punished if they didn't. Around 6,000 indigenous children died in these schools due to diseases
You are no longer able to do anything from your culture, from now on you must do as I say.