Fonds glen-528 - Canada. Department of Indian Affairs. Mindy Christianson fonds

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Canada. Department of Indian Affairs. Mindy Christianson fonds

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GLEN glen-528

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  • 1932-1936 (Creation)
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    Christianson, Mindy

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12.5 cm 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) / by Peter Gillis et al. - Ottawa : Public Archives of Canada, 1975. Mindy Christianson served the Department as farm instructor, agent, inspector and general superintendent. He was born in Iceland and at age seven emigrated with his parents to Manitoba in the 1880s or 1890s. He was educated in Winnipeg, and was engaged in business in Wimbourne, Manitoba and Kamsack, Saskatchewan. He married Mabel Chantler in 1907, and they had three children. He began service with the Department of Indian Affairs in 1914 when he became farm instructor and clerk at the Pelly agency in Saskatchewan. He became acting agent that same year and agent in 1915. In 1917 he took up the position of agent on the Qu'Appelle reserve near Regina. He moved to Regina to become Indian inspector for the prairie provinces in 1919, and in 1932 he moved to Calgary to take over the Alberta inspectorate which included northern British Columbia. The NWT were added to his area in 1935. He became the Department of Indian Affairs' General Superintendent in 1936.

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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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It is unclear from whom Glenbow staff received these records.

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The fonds consists of inspection notebooks for Alberta and NWT, containing minutes of meetings, reports and notes.

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Collected by Glenbow staff, 1956.

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  • The material is in English.

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Also available on microfilm.

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Record No. M 2208;AB Canada Dept of Indian Affairs - Christianson<br><br>

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