J. A. WILSON TO JAMES FRASER.
HUDSON'S BAY CO. CORR. (RIGOLET) LETTER BOOK 1879-1900,
Rigolet, 15th July, 1899.
Mr. James Fraser,
Dear Sir :
I am in receipt of the following extract from a letter addressed by the Commissioner to Mr. Peter McKenzie on the subject of Relief to destitute Indians :
“Relief may be given in cases of absolute necessity, but should not, if possible, transpire that it is Government aid which is being given. Accounts for any such relief should be made out in triplicate, certified to by the officer in charge, and give details of the supplies, name of the party to whom given, and the reasons for the distribution,”
which are to be sent to this office for transmission to Winnipeg for collection.
It might so happen that a band of starving Indians would come out at Paradise, in which case you would naturally go to that out-Post, and after convincing yourself that they were in a genuine state of starvation, and had nothing whatever with which to purchase provisions, then you would issue to such families a small amount of provisions to enable them to return to the interior.
The Commissioner requests that these instructions be carefully and judiciously carried out.
J. A. WILSON.