‘Our nation is like a withering leaf on a summer’s day’ : the Mi’kmaq and British agricultural policies in colonial Nova Scotia

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dc.contributor.advisor Reid, John G., 1948-
dc.coverage.spatial Nova Scotia
dc.creator Mrazek, Courtney
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-04T15:36:42Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-04T15:36:42Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.other E99 M6 M73 2016
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/handle/01/26725
dc.description vi, 99 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 94-99).
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines Mi’kmaw-British relations in regards to agricultural policies in colonial Nova Scotia in the nineteenth century. Beginning in the early eighteenth century, British colonizers in Nova Scotia, a portion of the territory known by its indigenous inhabitants as Mi’kma’ki, sought to reform Mi’kmaw people’s concepts and utilization of land through agricultural policies. They hoped that in doing so, the Mi’kmaq would become stationary instead of transient, and ultimately be “civilized.” Although the Mi’kmaq never became the agriculturalists the British envisioned, they did participate in sporadic farming activities and made active use of the British legal system to petition the government for various aids and rights. This thesis argues that although the agricultural policies the British hoped would “civilize” the Mi’kmaq fell short of their intended outcome, Mi’kmaw communities negotiated their pressures and possibilities, managing to use agricultural opportunities to alleviate difficult social and economic circumstances. en_CA
dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc E99.M6
dc.subject.lcsh Micmac Indians -- Nova Scotia -- Government relations
dc.subject.lcsh Micmac Indians -- Agriculture -- Nova Scotia -- History
dc.subject.lcsh Micmac Indians -- Nova Scotia -- History
dc.title ‘Our nation is like a withering leaf on a summer’s day’ : the Mi’kmaq and British agricultural policies in colonial Nova Scotia en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in History
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline History
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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