By Richard F. Salisbury
A native land for the Cree is a useful research of the way the 1st James Bay undertaking used to be negotiated among the Cree and the Quebec govt. Richard Salisbury follows the negotiations which started in 1971 and analyses the alterations to Cree society over a ten-year interval in gentle of the nearby improvement in James Bay.
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It provided enough cash to purchase the supplies needed for the following winter, and since work was usually finished by early September, it did not conflict with setting up a winter camp. For the young man, trying to outfit for the winter for the first time, and having no past record of successful trapping to persuade the HBC to grant credit, summer wages were the only source of cash. Even the experienced hunter, whose past seasons fur catch did not provide enough cash for the following years outfitting, found casual wage-work a valuable way to meet the need.
Weaver (1979) has painted a graphic picture of how the advent of the Trudeau government in 1968, with its watchwords of the "just society" and 'participatory democracy' conflicted with the earlier pattern of the DINA bureaucracy. Though much of the present work is concerned with how a somewhat sheltered "Indian society" has proved a successful mechanism for development (as indeed Weaver indicates was the Indian hope in seeking to maintain DINA and the Indian Act in 1969 against the "activism" of the young Turks of government), I would accept her description of DINA in 1971 as a relatively unchanging bureaucracy, operating slowly along time-hallowed lines.
For the young man, trying to outfit for the winter for the first time, and having no past record of successful trapping to persuade the HBC to grant credit, summer wages were the only source of cash. Even the experienced hunter, whose past seasons fur catch did not provide enough cash for the following years outfitting, found casual wage-work a valuable way to meet the need. 25 Village-band Society in 1971 As demands for cash increased - to buy chainsaws, outboard motors, snowmobiles, or to pay the costs of an air-charter to fly the hunting group out to a distant camp-site, complete with supplies - so did the pressure to engage in summer wage-employment.
A homeland for the Cree: Regional development in James Bay, 1971-1981 by Richard F. Salisbury