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CORESPONDENCE RESPECTING RELIEF TO INDIANS IN INTERIOR OF LABRADOR.



No. 1146.

DEPARTMENT OF INDIAN AFFAIRS, CANADA.


Letter Book No. 387
1893
Page 591
143423
November 10th, 1893.
SIR,
I have the honour to enclose herewith a copy of an extract from the preliminary Report of Mr. A. P. Low, of the Geological Survey, dated Fort Chimo, 9th of September, 1893. From it you will gather the state of destitution in which the aborigines of this district are at present. It is the earnest desire of the Department to take some action at once to relieve this pressing necessity, and I write now to enquire whether your post at this point could be reached before the setting in of winter or in time to afford these Indians some relief. Although, this Department has no funds appropriated for Indians of this locality, still it does not desire that any suffering which might be prevented should occur. If it is possible to reach this post by your ordinary practice I would like you to instruct your Factor to issue whatever ammunition is necessary to supply the Indians on their hunt ; and in cases where ammunition would not be any practical benefit to issue such relief in the shape of provisions as would prevent actual starvation.
Your obedient servant,
(Sgd.) D.C. SCOTT,
Chief Clerk.
P. MCKENZIE, ESQ.,
Hudson's Bay Co.'s House,
Montreal.
Certified a true Copy.
(Sgd.) G.M. MATHESON
In charge of Records
Department of Indian Affairs.

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