The Gradual Civilization Act is all about how they wanted the First Nations communities to disappear.They would make any of the first Nation men that was free of debt, literate and of good moral character might be awarded of full ownership of 59 acres of land. The land could not be sold by the First Nations.
The purpose of the Gradual Enfranchisement Act was to get the First Nation to drop there treaty status. The First Nations did not respond to how the government wanted. Some of the things they wanted the First Nations to agree to was things like First Nations women had to marry non-FIrst Nations.
The Canadian government put in the voting system in 1869. This system is where they got a new way to elect there leader and chiefs.
When the Canadian government put the act in place; the First Nations were assured that they would continue there way of life with benefits. Lots of the First Nations thought of the act as going against there treaties. In the Indian Act it said that they controlled lots of the aspects of the First Nations lives.
The Indian Act still exists today as a piece of Canadian federal law. The Indian Act continues to mange lots of the aspects of The First Nations life. The thing that they still control is their education, membership, electins for band government, taxation, liquor restrictions and management of there land and resources.
They where there to look after the government of Canada's responsibilities.
The Residential Schools was something that the federal government did to try to get The First Nation children's cultural beliefs eliminated.
The First Nations where banned from conducting or participating in Spiritual Ceremonies.
In 1894 they made The First Nation children go to the Residential schools. The government tried to change the First Nation children to dress like them, eat like them, Read like them, to do every thing like them. First Nations parents would be fined if they did not send there children.
In 1923 industrial schools became known as residential schools.
In 1951 they did put the major amendments in to place. It removed some of the provisions such as banning of dances and ceremonies. Another thing that it did was First Nations could hire lawyers to represent them.
In 1985 they put Bill C-31 Into place. This allowed First Nation women to marry Non-First Nation men, and still remain there status as First Nation women.