John A.'s Assessment of First Peoples

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Portrait of Louis Riel circa 1875. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Portrait of Louis Riel circa 1875. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

Criticism has been directed at John A.'s racist assessment of Canada's First Peoples and the political insensitivity of his authorization of the execution of Louis Riel. But was he influenced more by the realpolitik of the western uprisings by native peoples at the time of the Battle of Little Big Horn (1876) in the United States and Isandlwana (1879) in South Africa? No doubt, his assessments of the First Peoples were influenced more by his theologically determined hierarchy of peoples than scientific ethnography and explains his professional and personal interactions with the Mississauga and Mohawk peoples in his Kingston-Bay of Quinte home community.