First Nations in early British Columbia: an aboriginal perspective

Early modern British Columbia began with the arrival of traders from the North West Company. They were welcomed and supported by the First Nations.

When the North West Company merged with the Honorable Hudson Bay Company it gained powers of government over its trading communities; according to King George Third’s Proclamation of 1763 First Nations were sovereign.

This video is about the letter sent by several First Nations Chiefs to Prime Minister Wilfred Laurier in 1910.

It gives interesting insights into how aboriginal people viewed the Hudson Bay Company government and the democratic government that replaced it.

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