Moses Perley

Photo de Moses Perley

Moses Perley
(modern silver print)
Circa 1860
© New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, New Brunswick
Object no. 1988.96.2

Born in 1804 in Maugerville, New Brunswick, Moses Perley advocated for the rights of the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet. He became such a strong proponent of their causes that in 1839 he was named New Brunswick’s first—and only—Commissioner of Indian Affairs. His desire to formulate new Native policies, which aimed to bring about change and better living conditions for Aboriginal people, led to his dismissal from government in 1848.

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