The other side of the ledger An indian view of the Essay

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The other side of the ledger An indian view of the Hudsons Bay Company




ďThe other side of the ledgerĒ is an Indian view of the Hudsonís Bay company.
The Hudsonís Bay companyís 300th anniversary celebration where Queen Elizabeth II
among the other guests was present, was no occasion for joy among the people whose
lives were tied to the trading stores. During the past 300 years, the history has been
written by white men. They have only focused on the generosity of the traders and the
benefits brought to the Indians. However, there is a sharp contrasting view from what
Indians have to say about their lot in the companyís operations.

At the time of the history, Hudsonís Bay company was expended over 1 million
square miles of land which is now known as Canada. The Rupertís Land at that time was
occupied by the Indians. They (Indians) believed that the land belonged to all men and
hence, the land owned by the individual was unknown. However, they failed to
recognize that the white men had felt superiority to impose power over their identities.
Hence, they just drifted bit by bit into white menís monopoly and never got out of it.

Overall, I think, the film has covered up all the basic arguments of the Indians and
has helped to understand the period and the people of that time. It has covered all the
basic problems of Indians having with the Hudsonís Bay Company. In the following, I
have highlighted the main points covered in the film which illustrate the basic problems
of Indians and to which I agree.

As it is shown in the film, I too think that the introduction of the new weapons
(i.e.: guns) was the beginning of the Indianís revolution. All the other hunting methods
were band. The distribution of weapons in Rupertís land was done by the H.B.C.. Since,
company had established treading posts throughout the land and each post was run by
the manager, raising up the cost for the weapons was in the hands of the post managers.
Hence, they were continuously ripping off the Indians.

During the 1869, when decision to sell Rupertís land was made, it was made by
the company, not by the Indians. The land was sold to Canada at a very low price. Many
treaties were written to compel Indians to give up their rights to their land. However,
after the land was sold, Indian people became the responsibility of the govnít and the
parliament. When the question of compensation was claimed, the govnít allowed the
compensation of $3 a year and was only to those who signed the treaty to give up their
right to the land. Such compensation I think, was not to provide financial support to the
Indians but was a reminding of who owned the land, money, and most of all, the power.

Further, the Indianís culture was also being banished. Since Indians were living
in the region which was cold and off the land, they were depended on the hunting and
fishing. Some of the contemporary historians (loyalists) claim that since Canada was a
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