Government in Proto-British Columbia

British Columbia was once governed by a business corporation from which emerged the province we know today. The Hudson Bay Company had the title Honorable because of its status as government. It was fully business and fully government.

Senior officials in the company government almost all married into First Nations families; a priest complained that Company people had adopted First Nations culture.

Small trading posts were established usually with some kind of payment. Villages often moved to be near them. The posts were highly multicultural. Europeans were not permitted to settle but had to return to Canada when their contracts ended.

Missionaries were not allowed west of Winnipeg (Fort Garry) until the UK Parliament forced relaxation of the policy.

The 1763 Proclamation of King George III was respected; First Nations were sovereign. Education and medical care were free. The first elements of the welfare state can be found here.