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DOMINION OF CANADA ANNUAL REPORT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INDIAN AFFAIRS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 30th JUNE 1896.
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Occupation. - The progress of this band has been very encouraging the past year. During the summer the Indians were engaged in peeling tan bark and were highly complimented by the purchaser of the bark for the careful manner in which they had performed their work. During the winter they took out a large quantity of cordwood for the steamboat company, also the hemlock logs were taken out from which the bark had been peeled during the past summer. In this way they have been continually occupied and received fair remuneration for their labour, which places them in a fairly prosperous condition.

Crops. - The crops this year promise good results, the land being exceedingly fertile, and the prospects are that the Indians will be well supplied with provisions during the coming winter, both for their families and stock.

Health. - The health of the band has been good, there having been no contagious diseases of any kind amongst them during the past year.

Visit from Deputy Superintendent General. - On 15th May last the band was honoured by a visit from Hayter Reed, Esq., Deputy Superintendent General, who carefully inspected the several holdings on the reserve and expressed himself well pleased with his visit. The Indians were well pleased and encouraged with the kindly interest Mr. Reed displayed in their affairs.

Education. - The school is under the direction of the Rev. Mr. Douglass, the Methodist missionary on the island, and the children are making fair progress.

Road-making. - The band has adopted a system of road-making similar, to that under regular municipal control.


I have, & c.,
CHAS. McGIBBON
Indian Agent.
PROVINCE OF ONTARIO,
CHIPPEWAS, MUNSEES AND ONEIDAS OF THE THAMES,
MELBOURNE, 31st August, 1896.

The Honourable
The Superintendent General of Indian Affairs,
Ottawa.

SIR, - I have the honour herewith to transmit my annual report and tabular Statement respecting the three handle included in this agency, for the year ended 30th June, 1896. These are the Oneidas of the Thames, the Chippewas of the Thames and the Munsees of the Thames.


ONEIDAS OF THE THAMES.

Name of Reserve. - The reserve occupied by there Indians is called after their name - the Oneida Reserve.

Location. - It is situated in the, township of Delaware, county of Middlesex, Ontario.

Area. - It contains an area of five thousand two hundred and forty acres.

Resources. - The resources of this reserve are farming and stock-raising.

Tribe or Nation. - These Indians are a branch of the Oneida tribe, one of the confederacy known as the Six Nations.

Vital Statistics. - This band has a population of seven hundred and ninety-nine consisting of two hundred and seventy-six men, two hundred and sixteen women and


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