Bennet Government Restricts Meetings of Political Organizations

In 1934, the Bennett government introduced legislation that made it necessary for political organizations to have permits to hold meetings. As a result, Métis organizations were held secretly to avoid government surveillance and control.

Requiring that Metis people obtain permission from government officials to meet was motivated by a desire to make consciousness-raising and political mobilization more difficult. It was believed that this would make the government's agenda of assimilation more difficult to achieve. Métis organizations continued to engage in acts of resistance, however, by meeting secretly.
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Métis Societies Meet in Secret