‘Welfare and Relief Assistance for Indians’ Policy Document Issued


This document was the government’s first “unified ‘policy manual’” relating to welfare and relief assistance for First Nations people. It continued to stand behind the policies that had been put in place and continued since 1915. The document focused on the required degrees of support to encourage self-sufficiency, and its relationship to administration of relief.

These policies were constructed without consultation or input from First Nations people as goals and strategies for economic development, and, as such, represents a continuation of the imposition of paternalistic government policy.

'Welfare and Relief Policy,’ General Policy; Relief Food [NAC, RG-10, CR Series, Vol. 7094, File 1/10-3-0]