The Union of BC Indian Chiefs is proud to post another new resource online, the McKenna-McBride Royal Commission, Minutes of Decision (commonly referred to as the McKenna-McBride Final Report) is now available. This new resource will compliment our recently released research resources, Our Homes Are Bleeding and Stolen Lands, Broken Promises all of which will be invaluable for anyone who is doing First Nation community research.
Read on for further details of these new research resources!
McKenna-McBride Final Report
The McKenna-McBride Royal Commission had a significant impact on Indian peoples’ reserve land base by adding to, reducing and eliminating reserves throughout the province. The McKenna-McBride Royal Commission authorized such action through Minutes of Decision. In the near-future, the UBCIC will be adding to this collection, organizing the information under the Indian agency to which each band was assigned.
Our Homes Are Bleeding
The Our Homes Are Bleeding collection has grown out of the stories of cut-off lands in British Columbia. These stories are a part of the history of the reserve system in Canada, aboriginal title and rights and First Nations resistance to colonial assertion of land title. The digital collection draws together several types of primary materials. The records of the McKenna McBride Royal Commission (1913 - 1916) include transcripts of testimonies given to the Commission, photographs and maps. Additional historical records, including maps, documents, newspaper articles, photographs, audio and video clips, show the continual assertion of aboriginal title and rights. Resource lists, narrative essays, a student webquest and teacher's resources have been developed to support the use of the collection.
Stolen Lands, Broken Promises: Researching the Indian Land Question in British Columbia (Second Edition)
Stolen Lands, Broken Promises is intended as a practical, hands-on resource for Indigenous community members wanting to conduct research on a variety of issues affecting traditional territory and reserve lands in British Columbia. It is designed to guide researchers through the processes of planning and successfully completing lands-related research projects that have a strong historical component.