Sturdy Committee Investigates Transfer of Jurisdiction

The provincial government sought to take greater responsibility for the control of services provided to Aboriginal people in the North, particularly because of historic neglect of northern policy. The CCF government made an agreement with Indian Affairs to engage in joint development and partial transfer of services to the provincial government. The committee appointed by the provincial government, headed by Sturdy, was tasked to examine the possibility of Saskatchewan taking over these services, though the report of the committee advised against the transfer. In the years that followed, the Department of Indian Affairs did not fulfill their part of the agreement as it related to the transfer, instead bolstering bureaucracy in the department by increasing staff and services.


SAB, Brockelbank Papers; Wheaton to Phelps, 30 April 1948; Wheaton to J.P.B Ostrander, 19 September 1947; Meeting report, Prov. and fed. reps. of Dept. of Indian Affairs, 7 October 1947; Minutes of Meetings of N. Co-ord. Committee, 23 April 1948; S-NR2, DNR, 19 (a), August 1944-April 1949, Min. of Natural Resources (Brockelbank)," Churchman to Phelps, 14 May, 1948

Other Note

The case of Deschambault Lake is mentioned in primary documents, where the lack of presence of an Indian agent is noted. Inquiry into the possibility that a Saskatchewan Fish Board post in Deschambault be used for the administering of social needs for northern Natives by the DNR.

Although the report of the Sturdy Committee advised against transfer of jurisdiction over Indigenous services, the CCF continued to promote this goal. Please see "Establishment of Sturdy Committee on Indians Affairs" for additional information.
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CCF Government Advocates for Transfer of Indigenous Services from Federal to Provincial Government