GETTY, Ian A.L.




Author Tags: First Nations, Sports

Ian A.L. Getty and Donald B. Smith co-edited One Century Later: Western Canadian Reserve Indians Since Treaty 7 (UBC Press, 1978) in which E. Palmer Patterson II traces the history of Aboriginal organzations in British Columbia through the seminal influence of Squamish tribe member Andrew Paull.

Born on February 26, 1892, Andrew Paull attended St. Paul's school in North Vancouver, worked in a law office and as a longshoreman, then became an interpreter for the McKenna-McBride Royal Commission in 1913. Along with Peter Kelly of the Haida, he led the Allied Indian Tribes of B.C. in refusing to accept the report of the McKenna-McBride Commission. In response, Kelly and Paull presented 17 proposals that included Aboriginal ownership of reserves, expansion of reserve lands, hunting and fishing rights, removal of various statutory restrictions and some compensation for infringements. When a joint parliamentary committee was convened to examine Aboriginal rights, appearances by Kelly and Paull in 1927 were sufficiently impressive and intimidating that the federal committee recommended changes to the Indian Act to outlaw the raising of funds for the purpose of supporting Aboriginal land claims. "The amendment quite simply made it impossible for any organization to exist if pursuing the land claim was one of its objectives," Paul Tennant later summarized in Aboriginal Peoples and Politics. The new provision led to the demise of the Allied Indian Tribes of B.C. As a sports journalist, Andrew Paull coordinated the renowned North Shore Indians lacrosse team in the 1930s and was long active in baseball. In 1942 he became an organizer for the Native Brotherhood of B.C., then president of the North American Indian Brotherhood in 1943. He died in Vancouver on July 28, 1959 and was inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame 40 years later. Paull was the subject of Andy Paull: As I Knew Him and Understood His Times (Vancouver: The Order of the O.M.I. of St. Paul's Province, 1989) by Herbert Francis Dunlop, O.M.I., the Oblate missionary at St. Paul's Parish in North Vancouver during the 1940s.

[BCBW 2004] "First Nations" "Sports"