English River

Diary Excerpt

Saturday 29th
Called at 4 am. Broke camp at 5:30. morning very cold starting again on a similar course against a strong current the timber along the river on the west bank has been burnt over & presents nothing but dry poles for miles up to and past the Post where we arrived at 5 pm. and forthwith proceeded to get the pay sheets in order, calling up the Indians who had assembled by families, carefully counting & paying them – as there are so few in the band we decided to assign them to the Albany band as they are also Crees and give them a reservation on the English River where they would be paid their treaty money each year.

Reservation. On Kenogami or English River In the Province of Ontario, beginning at a point three miles below Hds Bay Post on the North side of the River known as English River thence north a portage of 3 miles and of sufficient depth to provide 1 square [mile] for each family of five upon the ascertained population of the band.

Sunday 30th
Rained all day – Indians without saying anything sat down to their feast in the wet grass at 7.15 p.m.