Northwest Mounted Police : Telegrams of the Commissioner's Office, 1882-1919
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- Northwest Mounted Police : Telegrams of the Commissioner's Office, 1882-1919
RG 18 B 3
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- Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
The North-West Mounted Police (NWMP) was a parliamentary police force created in 1873. It was meant to keep law and order among incoming settlers to the region west of Ontario, help Aboriginals make the transition to Indian reserves, and act as a symbol of Canadian sovereignty against American annexation. The police force was partially created in response to Fenian invaders who nearly made it to Manitoba in 1871. During the Klondike Gold Rush from 1897 to 1903, the NWMP would establish a presence in the Yukon to maintain order amongst the saloons, dance halls and gambling dens that sprung up to entertain gold prospectors flooding into the region.
This collection consists of the telegrams of the Commissioner's Office bound chronologically in large scrapbooks. Subjects covered by these telegrams relate mainly to routine matters. However, there are telegrams here that were sent during the 1885 Northwest Rebellion.