Impacts of the McKenna-McBride Commission

Members of the Commission, B.C. Archives I-80085By 1924, eight years after the McKenna McBride Commission concluded, the Federal and Provincial governments had placed themselves in a position to approve and adopt the Royal Commission Report. After the lengthy review and negotiation process undertaken by W. E. Ditchburn and Col. J. W. Clark [see Background narrative for details], both governments agreed upon policies that asserted colonial control over land and ignored Aboriginal Title and Rights. The effects of not negotiating Aboriginal Title and Rights and the impacts of the governments' decisions and policies continue to be felt strongly by First Nations in British Columbia today.
Speaker quoting Jean Chretien, the previous Minister of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (Cut-off lands meeting with Judd Buchanan, 9 January 1975)

The implementation of the Royal Commission Report furthered the assertion of colonial authority over First Nations in British Columbia. This assertion was made through new legislation and regulations. 

For example:

  • the Federal/Provincial governments gave themselves authority to cut-off land from existing reserves without consultation or consent of First Nations
  • restrictions were placed on the mobility of First Nations on and off the reserves
  • resistance to colonial authority was made almost completely illegal

These obstacles did not, however, stop First Nations from continuing their struggle to have Aboriginal Title and Rights recognized by the Federal and Provincial governments.

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