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Series consists of records created and maintained by the Office of the Inspector of Indian Agencies in British Columbia. This series includes letterbooks with copies of letters sent by the Inspector of Indian Agencies, British Columbia, 1910-1920. Each letterbook contains a nominal index. Also included in the series is correspondence received by W.E. Ditchburn when he served as Inspector in the Southwestern Inspectorate (1910-17) and then as Chief Inspector for British Columbia (Vols. 1312-1324). Finally, the series includes 1910 incoming correspondence of K.C. Macdonald, Inspector in the Southeastern Inspectorate (Vol. 1311).
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Microfilm reel C-13913
Microfilm reel C-13909
Microfilm reel C-13910
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from 1311 to 1324
Copyright belongs to the Crown. In order to protect the fragile originals, the microfilm copies of these records must be consulted rather than the originals.
Finding aid 10-1 is a computer generated volume list. 10-1 (Electronic)
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Beginning in 1876, Indian matters in British Columbia were administered, as in the East, through a system of agencies with an overall Superintendent. In February 1910, the Superintendent's office was closed and agents directed to conduct all matters of business through headquarters in Ottawa. In the same year, an Inspectorate system was inaugurated with the appointment of three Inspectors of Indian Agencies for the southeastern, southwestern and northern agencies. These individuals, based respectively in Vernon, Victoria and Vancouver were charged with responsibility to inspect and supervise the agencies, Indians and reserves. In 1917, W.E. Ditchburn, who had held the position of Inspector for the Southwestern Inspectorate, was promoted to the post of Chief Inspector for British Columbia and his former post, apparently, was abolished. In the following year the Northern Inspectorate office was also dispensed with. Effective April 1, 1923, Ditchburn took up the new post of Indian Commissioner for British Columbia, but following his death in 1932 the position was apparently not filled. It was abolished in 1935 only to be resurrected in 1936. In 1948, the office of the Inspector of Indian Agencies for the southeast (which unlike its northern and southwestern counterparts had not been abolished in 1917-1918) was reclassified Regional Supervisor of Indian Agencies. RG10 General Inventory
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