Creation of Department of Indian Affairs

The Department of Indian Affairs was created, serving as a federal body to address Indigenous peoples, their land, and resources. Formerly a branch of the Department of the Interior, this new department still fell under the minister of the interior, who became superintendent of Indian Affairs.


Harry B. Hawthorn, ed. A Survey of Contemporary Indians of Canada, Part 1, Ch. 17, “The Politics of Indian Affairs”

This department is the basis for much of the paternalistic, colonial bureaucratic policy that marked a major stage in the history of Indigenous-government relations.
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