The Indian Association of Alberta
A History of Political ActionBook - 2002
The history of indigenous political action in Canada is long,hard-fought, and under-told. By the mid-1900s, Native peoples acrosswestern Canada were actively involved in their own political unions ina drive to be heard outside their own, often isolated, reservecommunities. In Alberta, the Indian Association of Alberta (IAA)represented the interests of Alberta's reserve communities.
Perhaps best known for its role in spearheading the protest againstthe 1969 White Paper produced by the Department of Indian Affairs, theIAA, founded in 1939, allowed Native peoples access to politics at theprovincial level. Its rich history reveals much about FirstNations' perspectives on the place of Indian peoples in Canadabefore the emergence of civil rights movements and large-scale federalfunding of Native organizations.
This book, which outlines the significance of treaty rightsdiscussions before their constitutional entrenchment and documents thepolitical philosophies of First Nations leaders in the prairieprovinces, will be welcomed by those with an interest in Nativestudies, political science, and Canadian history.