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Concerns of First Nations

Concerns frequently raised by First Nations to the Commision were similar and included:
  • Aboriginal Title to land
  • Fishing, hunting, trapping, mineral, timber and water rights
  • Settler encroachment on Indian reserve lands and lack of compensation
  • Difficulties with agricultural production
  • Additional reserve land for uses such as villages, gravesites, and fishing stations
  • Government services, such as health care and education
Indian Hunting party at OceansideMeeting at Douglas Lake
Many of these concerns were outside the powers of the Commission. However, the information was gathered and published in a report in 1916. This "Confidential Report" included First Nations' concerns as well as recommendations, most of which were disregarded.

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