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The loft Cinema
201 Division St, Cobourg, Ontario, K9A 5H7
James Cullingham
1995 | 56 min 28 s

Duncan Campbell Scott (1862-1947) is best known as one of Canada’s prominent early literary figures. That he was also a federal civil servant who rose through the bureaucracy to become one of the most powerful heads of the Indian Department, is not well known. From 1913 to 1932, Scott was responsible for the implementation of the most repressive and brutal assimilation programs Canada ever levied against First Nations, Metis and Inuit Peoples. Duncan Campbell Scott: The Poet and the Indians explores the apparent contradiction between Scott, the sensitive and respected poet, and Scott, the insensitive enforcer of Canada’s most tyrannical policies.

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