Agriculture. - I am glad to be able to say that this year several of this band have own a desire to give more attention to agriculture than heretofore, and, if they can be persuaded to adopt farming for a living, there is no fear for the future, all that is necessary to make this people prosperous is application to industry and economy, and I hope in time this result will be attained.
Education. - The school in this reserve is doing good work. It is taught by the Rev. J. Lawrence. who is very efficient and painstaking, and it is pleasing to note the average attendance is on the increase and the pupils are making fair advancement in their studies.
Religion. - It is with pleasure that I report a great improvement in the mission church building; the whole building has been renewed, painted and refurnished, and is to day one of the most elegant country churches in the neighbourhood. At the re-opening services the attendance was so large that the church was unable to accommodate the people.
Vital Statistics. - This band numbers one hundred and twenty, an increase of two during the year, the result of one emigration, one death, two immigrations and two births
Agriculture. - I am pleased to report progress in farming operations in connection with this reserve. Most of the Indians of this band depend entirely on farming for a living, and are certainly quite practical and thorough in this line. All their crops look well.
Health and Sanitary Condition. - Their houses and premises are neat, clean and very comfortable. The health of this band has been good during the year.
Education. - The school continues to be efficiently conducted by Mr. Mays. The attendance is fairly good, and those who attend regularly are making satisfactory progress.
Temperance and Morality. - The Laws of temperance and morality are well observed by this band, and if the law of temperance and sobriety is violated by the Indians of this and the Rama Band, it is because they frequently visit the adjacent villages and towns where they find white men who are base enough to supply them with intoxicating liquor.
The families on Snake Island are very comfortable; their houses and premises are neat and well kept.
SIR, - I have the honour to transmit herewith my tabular statement and annual report for the year ended 30th June, 1896.
The Indians under my charge are the Chippewas of Sarnia, residing on Sarnia, Kettle Point and Aux Sables Reserves.