Vital Statistics. - They number at the present time four hundred and forty-four, a decrease since my last report of five by death and four by enfranchisement. Mr. Edward Wells has been enfranchised, and has drawn his share of capital for himself and family.
Agriculture. - The progress in farming among the Indians has been very fair this last year. The crops in 1895 were excellent, which has helped the Indians very much; but I am sorry to have to report that much of the oat crop this year has been destroyed by the continuous rainfalls that visited this section of the Country during July and August - in fact, there are many fields of grain in this part that will not be harvested, as it has rotted on the ground.
Health. - The health of the Indians on the reserves is good at present, there being only one case of consumption on the three reserves.
Education. - There is one school on each of the reserves. The school on the Sarnia Reserve is taught by Miss Welsh. The attendance has been very fair, and the progress quite satisfactory. The school on Kettle Point Reserve is taught by Miss Little. The attendance at that school has been much better than usual, and the progress very fair. The school at Aux Sables Reserve is taught by Miss Annie Vance. The attendance has been very small, the children that should attend that school chiefly belonging to the few Pottawattamie families living on the reserve, and they are very careless about sending their children to school.
Council-house. - The new council-house at course of construction on the Sarnia reserve, on the bank of the St. Clair River, will add much to the appearance of the reserve. The Indians on that reserve are now fixing up the grounds for their fall fair to be held in October. Their intention is to have a fine fair ground for the purpose of holdings an annual fall fair.
SIR, - I have the honour to submit my annual report and tabular statement for the year ended 30th June, 1896.
Name and Location of Reserve. - The Saugeen Reserve is located in the county of Bruce, on Lake Huron.
Area. - It comprises about twelve thousand acres.
Resources. - There is considerable timber on the reserve, and large quantities of fish are taken during the season each fall. There is also quite a quantity of grain grown.
Tribe and Vital Statistics. - The Indians of this band are Chippewas, and form a population of three hundred and seventy persons, as follows: - eighty-nine men, one hundred and six women and one hundred and seventy-five children. There were twenty-one deaths and twelve birth registered during the past year. There were also six emigrations and seven immigrations, making a decrease of eight in the population. The deaths were principally due to consumption and complaints peculiar to infants.