Hobbema Indian Agency

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Hobbema Indian Agency

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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 Hobbema Indian Agency, situated at Pigeon Lake and Hobbema near Wetaskiwin, Alberta in the Treaty 6 region, consisted of Cree reserves including Ermineskin, Samson, Pigeon Lake, Montana and Louis Bull. Hobbema was a sub-agency of the Edmonton Indian Agency until 1885 when it became a separate agency. Indian agents have included M.G. Dickieson (1879), James G. Stewart (1880), W. Anderson (1881-1883, 1885-1887), S.B. Lucas (1883-1885), W.C. de Balinhard (1888-1889), Charles de Cazes (1890-1892), D.L. Clink (1893-1896), W.S. Grant (1897-1905), G.G. Mann (1906-1913), Joseph Butlin (1914-1921), C.W. Kirby (1922-1923), Wallace Graham Askey (1924-1931), Col. R.H. Palmer (1932-1936), A.G.B. Lewis (1938-1945), and W.P.B. Pugh (1946-1947).


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