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.

Leads

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

Result
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.
Rural or Urban
both
Start Date
1880-00-00
Community