Petition Against Peasant Farming


Chiefs from the Pasqua and Muscowetung bands sent a petition to the House of Commons protesting the permit system, the rations allowed to them, and the restrictions on their farming practices that were disadvantaging their people. These bands sought to go over the heads of their Indian Agent to get permission directly from Ottawa to purchase a binder.

No action was taken by the government, showing that they were unconcerned or uninterested in upholding treaty rights and assisting the Pasqua and Muscowetung bands to adjust/succeed in agriculture.