A Comparison: Canada and the United States Governmental Resolution of Indian Land Claims

Guglielmo D. Cheryl, Rhode Island College

Honors Proposal submitted October 29, 1985


The U.S. and Canadian governments basically originated out of the sovereign power of Great Britain. The policies of both these governments have greatly affected native peoples living in these areas. Both countries have historically followed policies of "civilizing" followed by "assimilation" and "termination". Termination refers to detribalization and a basic policy of trying to dismantle tribes and incorporate them into the mainstream population. Both governments resorted to coercive legislation when the policy of persuasion failed.