D.G. MacMartin's 1905 Diary, Intergovernmental Conflict and Ontario's Treaty 9 Role
ClassificationD.G. MacMartin Diary
Intergovernmental conflict and Treaty 9
George MacMartin biography
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AbstractThis thesis analyses Ontario’s Treaty 9 role and the significance of the 1905 Treaty 9 diary written by its Commissioner, Daniel George MacMartin. Ontario’s Treaty 9 involvement resulted from its decades-long co-sovereigntist campaign from 1867-1905. The diary is a unique historical document that fuses both oral and written records of the 1905 Treaty 9 negotiations. It confirms that Treaty 9 First Nations were given oral assurances they could continue hunting, fishing and trapping throughout their traditional territory. This is now a constitutionally entrenched treaty right. MacMartin’s appointment as Ontario’s Treaty 9 Commissioner is explained as reflecting a well-established operative dimension of Ontario political culture. It is concluded that George MacMartin brought honour to the Crown in 1905 in recording and preserving his observations about the Treaty 9 negotiation meetings in his diary and established a model for Canada’s governments to now emulate in dealings with Canada’s First Nations.
CitationMacMartin, D. (2015). D.G. MacMartin's 1905 Diary, Intergovernmental Conflict and Ontario's Treaty 9 Role (Unpublished master's thesis). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. doi:10.11575/PRISM/25697
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