Making Sober Citizens: The Legacy of Indigenous Alcohol Regulation in Canada, 1777–1985

  title={Making Sober Citizens: The Legacy of Indigenous Alcohol Regulation in Canada, 1777–1985},
  author={Robert A. Campbell},
  journal={Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d'{\'e}tudes canadiennes},
  pages={105 - 126}
  • R. Campbell
  • Published 22 May 2008
  • History, Political Science
  • Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d'études canadiennes
From the late eighteenth century on, the British tried to regulate the sale of alcohol to Aboriginal peoples. Once colonial Canadians acquired responsibility for Aboriginal affairs, they promoted assimilation. Aboriginal peoples would become citizens, but they had to demonstrate sobriety first. The 1876 Indian Act entrenched complete prohibition: Indians could drink only after they ceased to be Indians. After the Second World War, most Aboriginal leaders demanded access to alcohol as part of… 
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