Treaty No. 9 – 1906 – Matachewan

As we drew near to the Fort, the H.B. Co. flag was run up and the Indians belonging to the post hurried up on the shores and fired off their guns to give us a welcome. On landing we were welcomed by Mr. Lafrican, H.B. Co. agent, while the Indians, old and young, male and female, formed in two lines through which we had to pass and shake each one by the hand as we went along to the head of the hill where our tents were to be pitched.

The Commissioners were occupied in preparing the paylists in the forenoon, and in the afternoon met the Chief and principal men of the band in the storehouse. The usual explanations of the terms of the treaty were made, Walter Ferries acting as interpreter. Michel Baptiste replied for the band and said that they were all perfectly satisfied with the terms of the treaty. Four of the Indians then signed for the band, and their signatures were duly witnessed. The usual preparations were made for the feast, and in the evening a dance was held at which old and young appeared to enjoy themselves greatly. 21st June In the morning a meeting of the Indians was held at which Michel Baptiste was elected Chief. At the meeting the location where they desired to have their reserve set apart was agreed upon. The place named was at Turtle Lake four miles east of Fort Matachewan. At noon the feast was held and was apparently much enjoyed. In the afternoon payment of gratuities were made in the storehouse, and the flag was presented to the Chief.

The usual firing of guns also took place as our canoes left the wharf, and this was continued until we were far out on the river. Shortly after leaving the post the rain began to come down in torrents, but as we were soon as wet as men could be we decided to keep right on.