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Series consists of records created and/or maintained by the Savanne Agency. The series includes outgoing and incoming correspondence, estimates and a journal.
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As the agency system of administration was introduced into the Treaty 3 area of northwestern Ontario responsibility for the bands was divided among the Savanne, Couchiching, and Assabaskasing (later Rat Portage) agencies. The Savanne Agency was established 3 March 1879 (order in council 287) and was placed for administrative purposes under the Manitoba Superintendency. The Annual Reports of the Department of Indian Affairs indicate that the Savanne Agency was originally responsible for the Lac des Milles Lacs, Sturgeon Lake, Lac La Croix, and Seine River bands. The 1884 Annual Report shows the transfer of the Lac La Croix and Seine River bands to the Couchiching Agency and the transfer from that agency to Savanne Agency of the Lac Seul, Wabigoon, Eagle Lake, and Wabauskang and Grassy Narrows (at that time known as Mattawan and English River) bands. The 1894 Annual Report is the first to show Frenchmen's Head band as separate from Lac Seul band. During the period 1879-1897 the Ignace band was not treated separately, but its members included within the Lac Seul and Frenchmen's Head bands.
A reorganization in 1897 brought the Savanne, Couchiching, and Assabaskasing/Rat Portage agencies together under the administrative control of the Rat Portage Inspectorate. Shortly thereafter on 31 March 1903 (order in council 504) another organizational change brought responsibility for the Rat Portage (later Kenora) and Savanne Agencies together under one agent. Although one agent served both agencies, they were maintained as separate entities. Paylists for the Savanne Agency stop in 1936, indicating that the agency was abolished. Paylists indicate that the bands in the Savanne Agency were administered by the Kenora Agency by 1937. Finding aid 10-157: Guide to Indian Affairs Field Office Organization in Ontario, 1845-1990.
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