Department of Indian Affairs: Office of the Chief Superintendent in Upper Canada, 1831-1850

Available reels: 25

Document Record

Canada. Dept. of Indian Affairs.
Department of Indian Affairs: Office of the Chief Superintendent in Upper Canada, 1831-1850
RG 10 A 4
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.
Mircofilm reels C-11014 to C-11027 consist of letters, reports and returns received in the office of the Chief Superintendent. The collection is arranged chronologically.
Microfilm reels C-11481 to C-11489, C-13417, and; C-13419 consist of letters received by Colonel Samuel Peters Jarvis as Chief Superintendent. The collection is arranged in alphabetical and chronological order.
Microfilm reel C-13328 consists of various correspondence, reports and returns.
Microfilm reels C-13341 to C-13344 consist of letters written by Lieutenant-Colonel James Givins, 1829-1837 and by Colonel Samuel Peters Jarvis, 1837-1845, as Chief Superintendent. The earliest Givins letters pre-date his appointment as Chief Superintendent and are signed in his capacity as a local superintendent with the Indian Department, stationed at York, a position he held prior to his elevation to the Chief Superintendent post.
Microfilm reel C-13411 consists of an entry book of reports, petitions, returns and minutes of Indian Councils respecting the Six Nations on the Grand River.