the Royal Commission began its work, many areas of the province had not
been surveyed, or had been surveyed improperly. Ashdowne
Green was hired as the head surveyor and the maps that he created for
the McKenna McBride Commission are important records of BC
topographical and social history. Green's maps show the
borders of the reserves, proposed sites for cut-off lands, Agency
boundaries, topography, pre-emption lots, transportation corridors, and
Also included in
this gallery are the maps
published in the Royal Commission's Final Report and maps that were
submitted by Indian Agents and other government officials as evidence
during the hearings. More information about these maps can be
found in RG -10 reels.
has a very diverse landscape. The Royal Commission was
unprepared for the scope of the work ahead of them, in part because of
the size of the province and the physical challenges of traveling the
province in 1916. They visited many First Nations
communities, travelling by ship, horseback and automobile.
The photographs in this gallery reflect some of these landscapes and
portray some aspects of the complex history of the cut-off
organized by agency. The
photos of unknown location are in the general section.
information for the photos:
Images from the
British Columbia Provincial
Archives are in the public domain and have been posted with the
permission of the Archives.
Photos from the
UBCIC archives are from the UBCIC
Communications Department records. You are free to use and reproduce
UBCIC photographs for research and educational purposes only.
All other reproductions and use require permission.