AFFIDAVIT OF JOSEPH MICHELIN.
IN THE MATTER OF the Enquiry into Newfoundland
Territorial Rights on the Labrador.
Labrador, Snook's Cove, to wit :—
I, JOSEPH MICHELIN, make oath and say as follows:—
I reside at Grand River, Hamilton Inlet, about 150 miles from the sea coast. I am 63 years of age. I have been living there over 30 years. I was born at Sabacho about 12 miles from the North West River and about 200 miles from the sea coast, and lived there until I was 21 years of age, when I went to St. John's, Newfoundland, where I stayed for a couple of winters and then came back and went up to where I now reside. I have gone into the interior about 120 miles from my home (about 300 miles from the coast) trapping and furring in the winter season : in the summer time I fish for salmon, trout and seals. My father was a French-Canadian, and was born at Three Rivers in Canada, and came to this country when quite a young man. I have always lived under the laws of Newfoundland and have paid revenue to the Collector of Customs from Newfoundland ever since the Government have collected it, as far back as I can remember—before I was married. I never in any way recognized or had anything to do with Canada or the laws or Canada, and no one from the Government of Canada ever imposed any restrictions on me. The first mention I heard of it was in Rigolet the other day by Mr. Schofield, Manager of the Hudson Bay Company, who had a communication from the Manager of the Indian Mission, whose headquarters are somewhere in Canada, and who told us that in future we would be under Canadian laws when we went into the interior, as the Indians were laying claim to the interior for their own special trapping and furring on the south side of Hamilton River and were wishing to exclude all whites. I have never had anything to do with Canadian authorities or laws, and have never obeyed them in the past. I have owned and occupied land to the extent of about fifty acres for over thirty years, residing on it, clearing it and living off it, and have held the same from the Newfoundland Government. I have always considered myself to be a citizen of Newfoundland, and have obeyed its laws and its Government officials.
SWORN before me at Snooks Cove aforesaid,
this 10th day of September A.D. 1909.
(Sgd)F. J. MORRIS,
Judge of the Court of Labrador.