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Genealogical and Family History Information: War Claims and Rebellion Losses

War claims for losses and damages suffered by both participants and residents of the Northwest Territories are also documented in the published Sessional papers.

* Canada. Parliament. - Report upon the suppression of the rebellion in the North-West Territories, and matters in connection therewith, in 1885. - Sessional paper, no. 6a. - Ottawa : Queen's Printer, 1886. - Appendix 4: Preliminary report of the War Claims Commission, February 25, 1886 - Reproduced in microform format: CIHM microfiche series, no. 92682. - Also published in French: Document de la session, no 6a

  • The report provides details on claims numbered 1 to 111 (P. 67-325):
    name of claimant
    summation of each claim
    amount claimed and awarded
    alphabetical index by name of claimant

* ____. - Continuation of appendix no. 4 of the report of 18th May 1886, on matters in connection with the suppression of the rebellion in the North-West Territories in 1885 : final report of War Claims Commission. - Sessional paper, no. 9b. - Ottawa : Queen's Printer, 1887. - 80 P. - Also published in French: Document de la session, no 9b

  • As noted, this report completes the detailed description of war claims, numbered 112 to 177.
    name of claimant
    summation of each
    amount claimed and awarded
    some supporting documentation and correspondence
    index to all 177 claims

On losses suffered during the course of the Rebellion, detailed information is found in Sessional papers in the published records of the office of the Auditor General of Canada.

* Canada. Parliament. - Report of the Auditor General on appropriation accounts for the year ended 30th June 1886. - Sessional paper, no. 3. - Ottawa : Queen's Printer, 1887. - Also published in French as Document de la session, no 3

  • Especially Part II, P. 504-506, "Details of Expenditures" for Rebellion losses (168 claims documented):
    number of the claim
    name of claimant and occupation
    amounts claimed, allowed and paid in 1885-1886

  • Further details of all claims are found on P. 507-528:
    number of the claim
    name of claimant, occupation and location
    details of allowed claim amounts

Additional claims for losses were subsequently made and the details were published in 1888. These are documented in a fashion similar to those described above.

* Canada. Parliament. - Report of the Auditor General on appropriation accounts for the year ended 30th June 1888. - Sessional paper, no. 3. - Ottawa : Queen's Printer, 1889. - Also published in French: Document de la session, no 3

  • Especially P. G1-G14, "Rebellion Losses, Claims and Payments"; complete details for each claim are found on P. G15 to G75 (803 claims in total). Claimants included Indians, Métis and other residents of the Northwest Territories, members of the Mounted Police and some corporate bodies.
    claim number
    class
    name of claimant
    details of each claim
    amount claimed and awarded

There are other published sources of interest relating to war claims. German and Stobie investigate charges that Sir Frederick Middleton and his staff profited from furs which came into their possession during the Campaign. Middleton provides his own best defence against these charges. As well, Stobie's The other side of rebellion provides an account of being hostages to Poundmaker's Crees.

* Canada. Parliament. - Expenditure under appropriation of $2,300,000 to defray expenses and losses arising out of troubles in the North-West Territories, from 1st July, 1885, to 15th March, 1886; also subsidiary statement of expenditure under same appropriation, Hudson Bay Supplies - Sessional paper, no. 50. - Ottawa : Queen's Printer, 1886. - 60 P. - Reproduced in microform format: Peel bibliography on microfiche, no. 0888. -- Also published in French: Document de la session, no 50

* ____. - Report of Lieutenant-Colonel W.H. Jackson, Deputy-Adjutant-General, Principal Supply, Pay and Transport Officer to the North-West forces, and Chairman of War Claims Commission, on matters in connection with the suppression of the rebellion in the North-West Territories, in 1885. - Sessional paper, no. 9c. - Ottawa : Queen's Printer, 1887. - 44 P. - Reproduced in microform format: CIHM microfiche series, no. 56118. -- Also published in French: Document de la session, no 9c

German, Daniel. - "The political game and the bounds of personal honour : Sir Frederick Middleton and the Bremner furs." - Saskatchewan history. - Vol. 45, no. 1 (Spring 1993). - P. 10-17

Middleton, (Sir) Fred. - General Middleton's defence : as contained in his parting address to the people of Canada. - Toronto : Evening Telegram, 1890. - 14 P. - Reproduced in microform format: CIHM microfiche series, no. 33836

*Payment, Diane Paulette. - "The free people - Otipemisiwak" : Batoche, Saskatchewan, 1870-1930. - Ottawa : National Historic Parks and Sites, Parks Service, Environment Canada, 1990. - P. 155-168, 349-361. - Also published in French under the title : " Les gens libres Otipemisiwak " : Batoche, Saskatchewan, 1870-1930

  • Appendices F-H list residents of Batoche who claimed for losses in 1885 or who were awarded land scrip.

Stobie, Margaret R. - The other side of rebellion : the remarkable story of Charles Bremner and his furs. - Edmonton : NeWest Press, 1986. - 202 p.

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