Treaty No. 9 – 1906 – Brunswick House

“New Brunswick House is beautifully situated at the northern end of the lake, and the outlook from the post is delightful. Bishop Holmes was anxious to be present at the making of the treaty, and the Indians were therefore assembled in the evening and the terms of the treaty explained to them. On being asked whether they had any questions to ask or any remarks to make, they replied through Mr. Christie that they were perfectly satisfied with what they were to receive under the treaty, and were willing to sign at once. The signatures of the Commissioners and of five of the leading men were, therefore, affixed to the treaty, as well as that of six witnesses. It should have been mentioned that with the crew from Brunswick there was a young Indian man and a young girl who had come to Missinabie for the purpose of being united in matrimony by Bishop Holmes. As the bishop had however left before their arrival the marriage had of necessity to be postponed. The ceremony took place shortly after our arrival at the post, and we were somewhat amused to see that the contracting parties immediately went each their own way, and were rarely seen together during the time we remained at the post. The Indians had their usual dance in the evening, while the members of our party, as well as Bishop Holmes and his party were entertained by Mr and Mrs Christie and Miss McTavish. A Mr. McGrath, in charge of a Grand Trunk survey party was also present. 26th July A portion of the forenoon was occupied in paying gratuity to about 100 Indians. The election for a Chief was also held resulting in the choice of Alex Peekotay, to whom a flag and a copy of the treaty were presented at the feast held in the evening.”

Treaty Commissioners Report on the making of Treaty No. 9 1906