The other side of the ledger1

"The other side of the ledger" is an Indian view of the Hudson's Bay company.
The Hudson's Bay company's 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 company's operations.
At the time of the history, Hudson's Bay company was expended over 1 million
square miles of land which is now known as Canada.The Rupert's 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 men's 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 Hudson's Bay Company.In the following, I
have highlighted the main points covered in the film which illustrate the basic problems
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 Indian's revolution.All the other hunting methods
were band.The distribution of weapons in Rupert's land was done by the H.B.C..Since,
company had established treadingposts throughout the land and each post was run by
the manager, raising up the cost for the weapons was in the hands of t


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