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By Brian Titley

Often thought of a sympathetic portrayer of the Canadian Indian, Duncan Campbell Scott published in his writings his actual ideals concerning the stipulations and way forward for Canada's local humans. in the course of his lengthy and turbulent tenure as Deputy Superintendent normal of Indian Affairs, his reaction to demanding situations comparable to 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 dept knew top.

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It is intriguing that Indians, with whom he dealt in a professional capacity, should also make appearances in his poetry and prose. Is it possible to discern in his writings his true feelings about the native population? This obvious question has given rise to much speculation and on-going debate. Scott's admirers in the world of literature are legion. As one of the Confederation poets, he is often accorded uncritical acclaim, which sometimes extends to his work in the government. K. Brown probably ranks foremost among Scott's admirers.

As specific aspects of policy are examined in subsequent chapters, this stubborn consistency will become increasingly evident. 3 General Aspects of Policy and Administration By the time of Scott's promotion to deputy superintendent, the Department of Indian Affairs had grown into a substantial bureaucracy. Its jurisdictional network covered the entire country with the exception of the Northwest Territories. Decision-making was centralized in the Ottawa headquarters. In fact, centralization had been a growing feature of administrative practice over the years, epitomized by the closing of the commissioner's office in Winnipeg in 1909.

Further reorganization took place within the department before the end of Laurier's regime. '8 In 1909 also, the department created the position of superintendent of education, and Duncan Campbell Scott was given the appointment, while retaining his accountant's responsibilities. It showed at once the increasing importance attached to education as far as policy was concerned and Scott's rising star within the department. The Liberals were defeated in the general election of 1911, and Robert Borden's Conservatives formed a government in October of that year.

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