Between 1873 and 1932, Indian policy on the prairies was the responsibility of federal government appointees kwn as Indian Commissioners. Charged with incorporating Native society into the apparatus of the emergent state, these officials directed a complex configuration of measures that included treaties, the Indian Act, schools, agriculture, and to some degree, missionary activity. In this study, Brian Titley constructs critical biographical portraits of the six Indian Commissioners, examining their successes and failures in confronting the challenges of a remarkable period in Canada's history.
A native of Cork, Ireland, Brian Titley is a professor and University Scholar with the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge. He is the author of five books and over forty articles on many topics pertaining to education, history, and politics in Canada, Europe, and Africa.