Robert Beaven becomes Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works (to1876)

Robert Beaven (1836-1920), member of legislature, becomes Chief Commissioner of Land and Works. In 1875, as the federal government continues to pressure BC to create larger reserve sizes, Beaven and Premier Walkem repeatedly stall the process of publishing all the papers relating to the Indian land question in the legislature. Beaven’s actions interfere with the recognition of Indian land title and the creation of larger reserve sizes.

Ralston, H. Keith and Hamar Foster. “BEAVEN, ROBERT,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 14, University of Toronto/Unversité Laval (1998). Accessed March 11, 2021.

Tennant, Paul. “Segregation and Suppression, 1864-87,” in Aboriginal Peoples and Politics: the Indian Land Question in British Columbia, 1849-1989, (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1990), 46–49.