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|Creator||Canada. Dept. of Indian Affairs.|
Department of Indian Affairs : New Westminster Agency
Ministère des Affaires indiennes : Agence de New Westminster
RG 10 C VI
Business and commerce
|Document source||Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada|
In 1755, the British Crown established the British Indian Department, and responsibility for Indian Affairs rested on the Superintendents of Indian Affairs from 1755 to 1841. After 1843, the Governors General held control of Indian Affairs, but usually delegated much of their responsibility to a series of Civil Secretaries. In 1860, the responsibility for Indian affairs was transferred from the government of Great Britain to the Province of Canada and the responsibility for Indian Affairs was given to the Crown Lands Department Commissions Responsible for Indian Affairs. The responsibility for Indian Affairs rested with various government departments between 1873 and 1966. The Minister of the Interior also held the position of Superintendent General of Indian Affairs after the Indian Affairs Department was established in 1880. From 1950 to 1965, the Indian Affairs portfolio was carried by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. In October 1966, the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development was created. Today, the department is known as Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.
The New Westminster Agency was located in New Westminster, British Columbia, between 1910 and 1965. In 1922, the New Westminster Agency was divided to create the Vancouver Agency and a smaller New Westminster Agency. The New Westminster and Vancouver Agencies were amalgamated in 1965 to form the Fraser Agency.
Microfilm reel C-14264 consists of correspondence to and from the agent for New Westminster concerning the inquiries of the Royal Commission on Indian Affairs for the Province of British Columbia, which was appointed in 1912. The Commission's report was completed in 1916.
Microfilm reels C-14264 to C-14279 includes copies of letters written by the agent between 1897 to 1919. Each volume contains an index.
Microfilm reel C-14280 consists of agricultural and industrial statistics.