Indian Act Amendment

Under this programme, the Superintendent-General was able to issue loans of up to $350,000 for the purchase of agricultural tools or seed, live stock, fishing supplies, or handicraft materials. The Superintendent-General was also given the power to issue prospecting and mining leases on reserve lands without a land surrender.


CP, House of Commons Debates, 3 Sess., 18 Parl., 1938, Vol. IV, p. 3510: Indian Act Amendment (Bill 138) -- 2nd reading, 3 June 1938.

The amendment allowing the release of reserve lands without a land surrender negates treaty obligations that reserve lands were to remain with Indigenous communities, and that any land surrender was to be negotiated before proceeding.
Rural or Urban
Start Date
Sub Event
Creation of Revolving Loan Fund, Superintendent-General Power to Grant Mining Leases
File Description
An Act to Amend the Indian Act: 2 George VI, 18th Parliament, 3rd Session, Chapt. 31