SIR, - I have the honour to transmit herewith my annual report for the year ended 30th June, 1896.
Vital Statistics. - Since my last report there has been one death and two families emigrated, which leaves the number in the band only seventy-nine, being eleven less than last report.
Sanitary Condition. - The sanitary edition of the Indians is good. The people are quite tidy and respectable in appearance, and their houses are clean and well kept.
Occupation. - Very few of the Indians have much taste for farming. I might say there are only three who farm to any extent, while the rest prefer to hunt and work on the river in the spring for the lumbermen.
Education. - There is one school on this reserve (a splendid one) taught by a white teacher. The attendance has not been satisfactory, owing to the carelessness of the parents in sending their children to school.
SIR, - I have the honour to submit my annual report and tabular statement on Indian affairs in my agency for the year ended 30th June, 1896.
Vital Statistics. - The population of the Chippewas of Beausoleil is the same as last year - three hundred and ninety-seven.