Tuesday, June 10, 2014

"Evidence and Proceedings" of Kitsilano Indian Reserve (Musqueam) 1915: The Case of the missing $300,000

A Centenary is a special event, right, even for the Musqueam First Nation people who were paid $300,000 in 1913 for land that the south side of Burrard Bridge squats upon. The First Nation people could have waited, until now, to receive the windfall of $6,260,000, except that it was the "Indian Agent" that guesstimated the value of the 1913 land as being worth $1 Million to  $1.5 Million to  $2 Million.

Today that land is in the high millions, if not a billions.

Clerk of the House
Papers, 1916
Special committee to enquire into Kitsilano Indian Reserve.
Monday, 27th of March 1916
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     Ernest Miller, MLA (Chairman)
 L. W. Shatford, MLA (Secretary)
Parker Williams, MLA
   Thomas Clifford, MLA

L.J. Seymour was sworn as stenographer.

First Witness: William Allison, Auditor-General

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Mapping timeline tool for Kitsilano Indian Reserve:

Earlier Post

 ..... Sir James Douglas' reserve policy generally allowed Indians to select as much land as they wanted.  In 1861 Douglas directed the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works, who had responsibility for laying out these early reserves, to "take measures to .... for marking out distinctly, the Indian Reserves throughout the Colony".  He added that "the extent that the Indian Reserves to be defined" was to be "as they may be pointed out by the native themselves".

This policy was dramatically reversed in 1864 - 1865 by Joseph Trutch.  As head of the colonial Department of Lands and Works, Trutch initiated a policy of reduction of the Douglas' reserves, of reluctance to allot additional reserves, and of non-recognition of the Indian's aboriginal claim  (native title).  .....
The First Nations People have demanded that the Vancouver street name of "Trutch" be Trashed, 

Reason: Racist

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