LIABILITY CLAUSE: TREATY OF 1725
An enduring burden for the First Nations was initiated by the fourth paragraph of the agreement in principle, which reads:
"That, if there happens any robbery or outrage committed by any of the Indians, the Tribe or Tribes they belong to shall cause satisfaction and restitution to be made to the Parties injured."
This insidious burden not only penalized the innocent but had the long-term effect of group stereotyping. This evil, which still haunts First Nations people today, was probably unintentional. I suspect its inclusion in the treaty had a far more treacherous purpose at the time: to provide the British with an excuse to take punitive military action against an entire First Nation for any misdeed committed by a member, no matter how minor, which they considered an infraction of the treaty.
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