After the Gold Rush. Staking a Claim in B.C.’s Market Economy. Lesson Objectives. To survey the changing social, political and economic landscape in B.C. To examine some of the ways in which Indigenous people responded to those changes
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Staking a Claim in B.C.’s Market Economy
To survey the changing social, political and economic landscape in B.C.
To examine some of the ways in which Indigenous people responded to those changes
To acknowledge the significant contributions of Indigenous labour to the development of B.C.
Tens of thousands of European immigrants & others flooded Indigenous territories, displacing the people & disrupting their traditional economies
Many Indigenous people responded to this economic catastrophe by staking their own claims, working as wage labourers for placer miners, or as ferrymen, packers, & freighters. Food for mining camps was largely supplied by local Indigenous producers in the early years.
Traditional Indigenous systems
of regulating economies, such as
Potlatch, continued “underground”
Indigenous peoples continue to contribute significantly to the market economy by purchasing vast amounts of consumer products for distribution in their feast systems
More than just survival, Survivance is the continuity of lived cultural expression & practice in the face of continued, systemic oppression
Given that, at the 1881 census, Euro-settlers comprised only 1/5 of B.C.’s population and largely resided in the “core”, who was in the “periphery” building the infrastructure, extracting resources, & processing them for market?Mainly, Indigenous workers who…