Plan to Eliminate File Hills Agency


Hayter Reed noted in a communication with Vankoughnet that he intended to dissolve the File Hills agency, combining its remaining reserve population with the Crooked Lakes, Muscowpetung, Touchwood, and Pelly agencies.

It was Reed's intention that by dissolving the File Hills agency and reintegrating its members into other agencies, there would be less political power in the hands of members. This move would also open up more land for Euro-Canadian settlement and reduce the financial burden on Indian Affairs.

Reed to Vankoughnet, November 1889 [NA, Reed Papers, vol. 21, large letterbook file, no.94]