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No. 1149.

HAYTER REED TO C. C. CHIPMAN.


Letter Book No. 434
1896
Page 299.

143423
Ottawa, 18th September, 1896.
SIR,
With reference to your letter of the 2nd January last and previous correspondence on the subject of the distribution of relief supplies to destitute Indians of Ungava Bay, and other remote points, I would draw your attention to an article entitled “A Perishing Race” which appeared in the Toronto “Globe” of the 17th instant, and in which a most distressing description is given of the Indians along the Labrador coast. It is stated that aid will be absolutely necessary to preserve the lives of these people during the coming winter, as owing to the prohibition of beaver trapping, the practical depletion of the Coast of other fur-bearing animals and game, and the trade which has recently sprung up in sea-fowls' eggs, upon which the Indians formerly depended largely as a means of subsistence, they are without any resources whatever. The traffic in intoxicants with them by unprincipled traders who visit the Coast is also spoken of as another and most serious cause of destitution.
The Department would be glad to have a report from you as to whether the condition of affairs indicated is corroborated by your officers in the District refereed to, and if so, as to what you think had best be done to ameliorate the condition of these unfortunate people. I might in this connection remind you, that the Department has already signified its desire (by letter of the 16th December last) to help them as far as possible by authorizing, to such extent as its resources would allow, the giving of relief by your officers at their discretion.
May I look forward to an early reply.

Your obedient servant,
(Sgd.) HAYTER REED.
Deputy Supt. Genl. of Indian Affairs.
C.C. CHIPMAN, ESQ.,
Commissioner
Hudson Bay Co.,
Winnipeg, Man.
Certified a true Copy.
(Sgd.) G.M. MATHESON
In charge of Records
Department of Indian Affairs.

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