Forbes George Vernon becomes Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works under Premier Andrew Elliot’s administration. The Joint Commission on Indian Land declares that some lands pre-empted by settlers near Okanagan Reserve Number One belong to the reserve, but F.G. Vernon and Indian Reserve Commissioner George Sproat refuse to act in order to maintain their voters’ support for the upcoming election. In 1878, Vernon requires that the lands on Indian Reserves be completely surveyed before being granted, interfering with the allocation of reserves.
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