Royal Commission on Indian Affairs for the Province of British Columbia
Available reels: 13
- Canada. Dept. of Indian Affairs.
- Royal Commission on Indian Affairs for the Province of British Columbia
RG 10 B 7
- Document source
- Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
The Royal Commission on Indian Affairs for the Province of British Columbia (commonly known as the McKenna–McBride Royal Commission) was a Royal Commission established in 1912 to resolve the "Indian reserve question" in British Columbia. This Royal Commission had a significant impact on Aboriginal reserve land base by adding to, reducing and eliminating reserves throughout the province. The commissioners travelled throughout the province for three years gathering evidence from natives and non-natives on the adequacy of reserves. The commission finished its work in June 1916. While the acreage to be added to reserves exceeded that to be subtracted, the value of the cut-offs was far greater than that of the additions. According to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, “it seems that the commissioners were more receptive to settler than to native interests.”
This collection consists of correspondence and representations received by the Royal Commission concerning the administration of Indian Affairs in British Columbia. Included is an almost complete set of exhibits. In addition to land issues, the files deal with such topics as surveys, water rights, hunting and fishing privileges, timber and organization and administration of the Commission's work. Microfilm reels T-1461 and T-1462 consists of drafts of the report of the Commission, 1916, including confirmation of evidence.