First Witness: William Allison, Auditor-General
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Mapping timeline tool for Kitsilano Indian Reserve:
..... 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). .....