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Canada. Department of Indian Affairs. Battleford Indian Agency fonds

1884-1944, predominant 1910-1928

Physical Description:
3.5 m of textual records

The responsibility for Indian affairs in Canada has rested with the British Government, various colonial administrations and, since Confederation, with several branches and departments of the federal government. The Department of Indian Affairs and its predecessors have been responsible for such matters as treaties, reserves, provision of education, and supervision of agriculture on reserves. For a detailed administrative history see Records Relating to Indian Affairs (RG 10) / Peter Gillis et al. - Ottawa : Public Archives of Canada, 1975.
The Battleford Indian Agency, situated west of North Battleford, Saskatchewan in the Treaty 6 region, consisted of Cree and Stoney reserves including the Moosomin, Poundmaker, Red Pheasant, Sweet Grass, Thunderchild, Little Pine, Mosquito, Grizzly Bear's Head, Lean Man, and Lucky Man reserves. Indian agents have included M.G. Dickieson (1879), W.L. Orde (1880), Hayter Reed (1881-1882), J.M. Rae (1883-1885), J.A. Mackay (1886-1887), P.J. Williams (1888-1896), C.M. Daunais (1897-1900), W. Chisholm (1901), J.P.G. Day (1902-1911), J.A. Rowland (1912-1919), S.L. Macdonald (1919-1939), J.P.B. Ostrander (1940-1945), and C.S. Bell (1946-1948).

Custodial History:
These records were rescued by Doug Light from the basement of the Battleford post office building where the agency had previously had offices. He stored them in his father's house until they were transferred to the Glenbow in 1960.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of agency, medical and monthly reports; letterbooks, employee and school correspondence; agents' diaries (1912-1915, 1918, 1932, 1935-1939, 1941-1944); farm instructors' diaries (1911-1913, 1916-1917, 1943); reserve ledgers; registers of births and deaths; ration lists; annuity pay lists; and farming records.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Doug Light, 1960.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Other Battleford Indian Agency records are held by Library and Archives Canada.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-1781, M-1827, M-4449

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