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Canada. Department of Indian Affairs. Blackfoot Indian Agency fonds
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- Blackfoot Indian Agency
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1.4 m of textual records
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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).
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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) / by Peter Gillis et al. - Ottawa : Public Archives of Canada, 1975. Treaty 4, the Qu'Appelle Treaty, was signed in 1874 by Cree and Saulteaux in 195,000 square kilometres in part of western Manitoba and most of southern Saskatchewan. Treaty 6, the Fort Carlton and Fort Pitt Treaty, was signed in 1876 by Plains and Woodland Cree in 312,000 square kilometres of central Saskatchewan and Alberta. Treaty 7, the Blackfoot Treaty, was signed in 1877 by Blackfoot (Siksika), Blood, Peigan, Sarcee (Tsuu T'ina) and Stoney in 130,000 square kilometres of southern Alberta and a corner of southwestern Saskatchewan. Under the provisions of these treaties, an annual payment was to be made at the rate of $25 to each chief, $15 to up to four councillors per band, and $5 to every other Indian man, woman, and child.
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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.
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Gift of Blackfoot Indian Agency, 1959-1975.
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- The material is in English.
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Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.
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, files 1-13 and files 31-38). Other Blackfoot Indian Agency records are held by the National Archives. Microfilm copies of some of these records are available at Glenbow. Further Blackfoot Indian Agency records are in the Brereton Family fonds at Glenbow.
Record No. M 1782;M 1783;M 1784;M 1785;M 1786;M 1787;M 1817;M 1826 files 1 - 2;BE Blackfoot<br><br>