Department of Indian Affairs : Saddle Lake Agency

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Document Record

Canada. Dept. of Indian Affairs
Department of Indian Affairs : Saddle Lake Agency
RG 10 C VI
Western Canada
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 bands in the vicinity of Saddle Lake, Alberta, in the Treaty 6 region were first administered by an agent based in Edmonton. The area was subsequently divided and the eastern portion became known as the Victoria Agency. This name was changed in June 1887 to Saddle Lake Agency. In 1967, the Athabaska and the Saddle Lake Agencies merged to form the Saddle Lake/Athabaska District Office.
Microfilm reels C-14847 to C-14848 consists of Agents' sporadic daily journals for the years between 1890 to 1937.
Microfilm reels C-14848 to C-14854 contain letterbooks with letters written by the agent for Saddle Lake between 1885 to 1912. No indexes are available.
Microfilm reels T-10073 to T-10075 includes records dealing with general Agency administration, censuses, membership, vital statistics, treaty annuity payments, complaints, accounts, and most aspects of education including subjects such as general school administration, admissions and discharges, educational assistance, teacher counsellor reports and vocational training.
Microfilm reels T-10073 to T-10075 also include general operational records, with a debit cash book for the period of March 1, 1919, to October 31, 1922.
Microfilm reel T-10081 consists of annuity paylists.