Series GR-3477 - Royal Commission on Indian Affairs photograph albums

Photograph album Commission in session at Victoria Home of Chief Michael Cooper Songhees I.R. & village Monument to the Songhees dead Songhees I.R. school Headman of the Malahats Malahat Reserve from across Saanich Inlet Cowichan Indian Reserve Head Chief Seechelton (wearing cap presented by Sir James Douglas) Salmon trap on Cowichan R. King of an ancient race Big Joe Comiaken Casper Kapiel & wife : centenarians of Cowichan I.R. "The picture of the King" The old stone church Valley of the Cowichan Meeting at Nanaimo I.R. [Woman and baby at the Nanaimo Reserve] Schoolchildren of Nanaimo I.R. Chief Louis Good and Chairman Wetmore Commission at Nanaimo River Nanoose I.R. At the home of "Qualicum Tom" Steamer Lyacksun, built throughout by Indians of the Lyacksun Band Kuper Island Industrial School Commission landing at Penelakut Indians of Penelakut Band Chiefs Mitchell and Seymour Penelakut Reserve
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Royal Commission on Indian Affairs photograph albums

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  • 1913-1916 (Creation)
    Royal Commission on Indian Affairs for the Province of British Columbia (1913-1916)

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714 photographs : b&w

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Commonly known as the McKenna–McBride Commission, a joint commission appointed by the Dominion Government and the Government of the Province of British Columbia. Established by a memorandum of agreement arrived at between J.A.J. McKenna, special commissioner appointed by the Government of Canada and Richard McBride, as premier of B.C. Investigated the conditions of Indian affairs to try to settle the question of Indian reserves in British Columbia. Two commissioners were appointed by the Dominion Government, and two by the Provincial Government. These four commissioners selected a fifth who was appointed to act as chairman. Appointed April 23, 1913; report dated June 30, 1916

Custodial history

Custodial history unknown for albums accessioned as 198904-002 and 198904-004, the albums were found in the Provincial Archives visual records unit in April 1989 but had probably been in the custody of the Archives for decades.
Album accessioned as 198112-001 was purchased in 1981.

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The series consists of three photograph albums created by the Royal Commission on Indian Affairs between 1913 and 1916. The albums may have been created as display or presentation albums for specific commissioners. Many of the photographs in the albums duplicate each other and were also used in the published report of the commission.

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A lower level description is available for each album; each with many item level descriptions of photographs. Many of the photographs have been scanned and are available online.

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GR-1995 and GR-0672.
Published report available in the BC Archives library, NW 970.5 B862 vols. 1-4 .

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Accession number(s): 198112-001, 198904-002, 198904-004.

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