Treaty No. 9 – 1906 – Flying Post

“Here the Indians informed us, it is customary to fire several shots to convince to the people at the post the approach of strangers. In order to conform to the etiquette of the place we accordingly fired the necessary salute and as a result the Indians along with Mr. McLeod, who is [in] charge of the post, were lined up on the shore to give us a welcome.”

“Monday 16th July There was a very heavy thunder storm during the night which one of the dogs tried to escape a taking shelter in our tent. He proved such an undesirable companion that strong measures had more than once to be used to compel him to seek other quarters. During the morning a meeting with the Indians was held, and the terms of the treaty were fully explained through Mr. McLeod who acted as interpreter. Isaac, one of the leading Indians, speaking for the band, said they thankfully accepted the benefits offered by the treaty and were willing to observe its provisions. The treaty was, therefore, duly signed and witnessed. The Indians also expressed their wishes regarding the position of their reserve, and their choice was duly noted for recommendation by the Commissioners. The Commissioners having been informed that immorality was prevalent among certain members of the band, an effort was made to impress upon the Indians the necessity for the observance of the marriage laws and the danger they would incur of punishment if offences such as had been reported were continued. Payments were made during the afternoon, and in the evening the feast was held, at which the flag was presented to Albert Black Ice, who had been chosen as Chief of the band. The inevitable dance was of course held in the evening.”

Samuel Stewart  LAC RG 10 Vol. 11399, file 2