J. A. WILSON TO STEWART COTTER.
HUDSON'S BAY CO. CORR. (RIGOLET) LETTER BOOK 1879-1900,
Rigolet, 12th July, 1899.
Mr. Stewart Cotter,
North West River.
Dear Sir :
I am in receipt of the following extract from a letter addressed by the Commissioner to Mr. Robert McKenzie on the subject of relief to destitute Indians:
“Relief may be given in cases of absolute necessity, but it 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 distribution,”
which are to be sent to this office for transmission to Winnipeg for collection.
It might happen that a band of Indians destitute and starving would come out at your post during the winter, in which case, after convincing yourself that they were in a genuine state of destitution, and had actually nothing with which to purchase provisions then you would issue to each family a small amount of provisions to enable them to return to the interior.
The Government referred to in the above is the Canadian, and not the Newfoundland Government.
The Commissioner requests that these instructions be carefully and judiciously carried out.
J. A. WILSON.