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Introduction to RG 10

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Historical records created by the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada (& its predecessors)

Historical records created by the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada (& its predecessors)


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  • 1. NORTHERN STUDIESRESOURCE CENTRE
  • 2. What is RG 10? Record Group 10• Historical records created by the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada (& its predecessors)• Primary resource – original documents, unpublished material, contemporary account of events• Includes: files, correspondence, transcripts, reports, letters, & photographs
  • 3. Where do RG 10 records come from?• Records originated from headquarters and the field offices• Most files are arranged by band, agency, or district – ie. which field office was responsible for administering each band• Ex. Band: Rocky Bay (1960 – 1968)• Agency: Port Arthur Agency• Band: Rocky Bay (1968-1988)• Agency: Lakehead District
  • 4. How are RG 10 records arranged?Headquarters Records: contains the following 4 series Central Registry Files 1833-1974 Red Series (Eastern Canada) 1872-1964 Black Series (Western Canada) 1872-1959 School Files 1879-1953
  • 5. RG 10 Headquarter RecordsCentral Registry Files Series (1833-1974) Includes files relating to all aspects of Indian AffairsEx. natural resources (mining & timber), surveys, leases, housing, band elections, band management, membership, health services, law enforcement, claims & disputes, band loans, community development, irrigation, roads, agricultural projects, etc
  • 6. RG 10 Headquarter RecordsBlack Series Western Canada (1872-1959)• Covers the administration of Indian Affairs in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, North- West Territories and British ColumbiaRed Series Eastern Canada(1872-1964)• Covers the administration of Indian Affairs in eastern Canada
  • 7. RG 10 Headquarter RecordsRed & Black Series Contents: correspondence, land sales & purchases, paylists, timber licenses, litigation, construction & upkeep of buildings, disputes, behaviour of members, elections, surveys, resolutions of councils, band membership, appointments of chief, estates/copies of wills, agent reports, game & fishery, etc
  • 8. RG 10 School FilesSchool Files (1879-1953)• Records pertain to Indian school administration throughout Canada• Includes both residential schools & day schools• Contains: admissions & discharges, monthly & quarterly returns, correspondence, principal’s monthly reports, school inspection reports, teachers salaries, vocational training, medical matters, deaths of pupils, school lands (maps & plans), agricultural implements & machinery, livestock, etc
  • 9. Correspondence
  • 10. SchoolInspectionReports
  • 11. TeachersSalaries
  • 12. Principal’sMonthlyReport
  • 13. Principal’sMonthlyReport(pg.2)
  • 14. Admissions& Discharges
  • 15. Applicationfor Admission
  • 16. Application forAdmission(pg.2)
  • 17. Correspondencere: QuarterlyReturn
  • 18. Original format of documents
  • 19. How to search RG 10• Use online index called ArchiviaNet• Located on Library & Archives Canada website• Accessible from Library homepage under Resources by Subject – Indigenous Learning Libguide• Find Journal Articles tab, then ArchiviaNet: Government of Canada Files
  • 20. Questions?....