A federal inquiry into the effects of participation in agricultural exhibitions on Aboriginal people was conducted after Indian Agents complained of their attendance, but had no legal ground for prohibiting it. Fieldworkers and Indian agents who participated in this survey noted the moral temptations that came from these events, and the decreased productivity of farms as a result. They concluded that Indians did not have the good moral judgement to attend these events, and it was against the better good.
Brief, Bill No. 114. Amendments to the Indian Act: “Of Dances on Reserves” and “The Sun Dance and Other Dances Which Occur in Open Air in summer” PAC, RG10 B.S., Vol. 3825, files 60511-1 and 2: Correspondence regarding Departmental repression on Indian dances, particularly Sun Dance, in Manitoba and the North-West Territories, 1889-1903 and 1904-1911; vol. 6809l file 470-2-3l vol. 5: Scott to Roche, 30 January 1914 with draft bill and brief, p. 7, Amendment Bill Brief Scott sent Lougheed 18 May 1914, p. 17-22;