1919: The Allied Indian Tribes of BC and the Fight for Sovereignty

Dr. Wendy Wickwire

1919 was a pivotal year for the Indigenous leaders across British Columbia because on March 4th of that year, they saw the release of the long overdue Report of the McKenna-McBride Royal Commission on Indian Affairs. The Report was a major blow because, after seven years of challenging the Commission’s refusal to deal with their claims to sovereignty, they faced a document that stripped them further of their land-base. This talk chronicles the efforts of the Allied Indian Tribes of BC to contest the terms of the Report and have their land-title case decided by the British high courts.