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Canada. Department of Indian Affairs. Blackfoot Indian Agency fonds


Physical Description:
1.4 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 Blackfoot Indian Agency, situated at Gleichen, Alberta in the Treaty 7 region, consisted solely of the Blackfoot (Siksika) reserve. Indian agents have included Norman Thomas Macleod (1880-1881), C.E. Denny (1882-1883), Magnus Begg (1884-1896), G.H. Wheatley (1897-1900), J.A. Markle (1901-1904), H.E. Sibbald (1905-1907), J.H. Gooderham (1908-1920), George H. Gooderham (1921-1946), and R.D. Ragan (1947).

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of agency reports (1895-1911), extracts from letterbooks (1890), correspondence (1895-1920, 1938-1941), annuity pay lists (1879-1881, 1918, 1923), farm diary (1909-1920), Old Sun Industrial School attendance registers (1894-1897); and supply and account books.
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: P. Burns & Co., Dominion Meat and Cattle Ranching Co., Joseph Donnelly, Hudson's Bay Company (HBC), A.E. Jones, Little Axe, milling companies, George L. Orchard, Rev. Jacques Riou, Royal North-West Mounted Police (RNWMP), H.E. Sibbald, H.W. Gibbon Stocken, Stony Mountain Penitentiary, W. Stuart & Co., and Robert Nathaniel Wilson.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Blackfoot Indian Agency, 1959-1975.

The material is in English.

Originals and Reproductions:
Also available on microfilm.

No restrictions on access.

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

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The Indian Agent's diaries from 1920 to 1945, as well as miscellaneous correspondence and reports are in the George Gooderham fonds at Glenbow (M-4738-(1-13) and M-4738-(31-38)).
Other Blackfoot Indian Agency records are held by Library and Archives Canada. Microfilm copies of some of these records are available at Glenbow. Further Blackfoot Indian Agency records are in the Brereton Family fonds at Glenbow.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-1782, M-1783, M-1784, M-1785, M-1786, M-1787, M-1817, M-1826-1, M-1826-2, Microfilm-Blackfoot

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