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North American Indian Brotherhood meets in Ottawa, 1948

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Like many citizens, Canada's Native people are concerned about housing, health care, taxes and pensions. But hunting rights and land-expropriation compensation are also on the agenda for the fledgling North American Indian Brotherhood, which is meeting in Ottawa. In this CBC Radio special, convention executive Edward Beauvais says the highlight of the conference was presenting Prime Minister Mackenzie King with a real Indian war bonnet.

Medium: Radio
Program: CBC Radio News Special
Broadcast Date: May 29, 1948
Guest: Edward Beauvais
Reporter: Douglas Sanderson
Duration: 8:53

Did You know?


• The North American Indian Brotherhood (NAIB) was founded in the 1940s as a lobby group for an estimated 130,000 Native Canadians. It dissolved in the 1950s and was replaced in turn by the National Indian Council in 1961, the National Indian Brotherhood in 1968 and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) in 1982.

• The NAIB was in Ottawa to discuss the Indian Act with a joint parliamentary committee, which ultimately recommended an overhaul of the Indian Act. When the Act was next changed, in 1951, little of the committee's advice was heeded. (Source: J.R. Miller, Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens, 1989)


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