Deputy Superintendent of Indian Affairs D.C. Scott was ever anxious to end the "Indian problem" and, in 1920, won an Indian Act amendment authorizing involuntary enfranchisement as a means to this end. The amendment gave the superintendent general the power to enfranchise Indians whether they wanted the privilege or not. The recipients would gain title to what reserve lands they occupied and were also entitled to a share of band funds. The amendment was aimed primarily at the more "advanced" population of Central Canada but alarmed Natives from coast to coast as an attack on their status, their rights, and their lands. The Six Nations took the lead in opposing the measure. The amendment was repealed in 1922, but returned in a modified form in 1933, wherein it was recognized that enfranchisement could not be imposed if it conflicted with treaty rights. It disappeared altogether in the 1951 revisions to the Indian Act.

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