Department of Indian Affairs: Saugeen Agency

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Canada. Dept. of Indian Affairs.
Department of Indian Affairs: Saugeen Agency
RG 10 C VI
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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 Saugeen Agency in Ontario was responsible for the Chippewas of Saugeen, located at Saugeen (Southampton), Lake Huron. The agency was created when the Central Superintendency was abolished in July 1882. The Saugeen Agency became part of the Bruce Agency in July 1958.
Microfilm reel T-10077 consists of central registry files created and maintained by the Saugeen Agency. The same reel also consists of general operational records, including files relating to most aspects of Agency responsibilities including general administration, membership, enfranchisement, interest and annuity payments, vital statistics, education, location tickets, water, fairs, claims and disputes.