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PETITION. To the Honourable the Legislature of British Columbia in Parliament convened :-- British Columbia. Legislative Assembly 1887

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 50 Vic. Indian Reserves, Chilliwhack. 427
PETITION.
To the Honourable the Legislature of British Columbia in Parliament convened:—
The Petition of the Reeve and Council of the Municipality of Chilliwhack, for and on
behalf of the people of said municipality, beg leave respectfully to represent : —
That the most available and convenient point for a steamboat landing, by which the
produce of this valley can be shipped to market and the general traffic carried on, is situated
at a point where the lower part of Hope Slough forms a junction with the Fraser River :
That a large tract of land at this place, fronting on the Fraser River for a distance of one
mile, consisting of about 480 acres, has been set apart and has long been used as an Indian
Reserve, and through or across which the whole traffic of the valley must necessarily pass for
its egress and ingress by way of the Fraser River, and can only be carried on by the sufferance
of the Indians occupying the same :
That the total number of heads of families on this reserve is not more than eleven:
That this valley is one of the most important of the Province, and is rapidly increasing
in population and productiveness, requiring an expansion of facilities for trade and commerce,
which cannot be effected so long as the frontage of the valley is occupied by an Indian Reserve.
Your petitioners would call the attention of your honourable body to the large number of
reserves and the great quantity of land of the best quality held by the Indians within the
corporate limits of this municipality, the  merest fraction of which, only, is improved by them.
The following is an exhibit of the number, extent, and population of the Indian Reserves
of this municipality :—
No. of acres.   No. of heads of families.
Cheam Reserve—Township No. 30 '  960                       9
Lot No.  428  320 None.
Township 26 (Big Prairie)  160 None.
Whalim Reserve— Lot No. 335  80 None.
Township No. 26—Reserves 1, 2, and 3, called Skowkale Reserve. 310 10
TJkinse Reserve—Township No. 26 (about) 700                       5
Cultus Lake Reserve  1200                       7
Capt. Jim's Reserve—Township 24, Lot 420  320                       1
Chilliwhack Landing Reserve  480 11
Squialla Reserve  240                        9
Sec. No. 25,  Township  No. 24  480                          3
Sec. No. 26, Lot No. 269, Township No. 23  60                       1
Total number of acres    5310— families, 56—
included within the boundaries of Cheam and the Chilliwhack River.
We, therefore, respectfully petition your honourable body to cause an investigation to be
made into the facts and circumstances above set forth, with a view to the proper representation of the case to the Dominion Government; and to use your influence with that Government to afford us such relief in the premises as in your and their wisdom may be just and
expedient.
And your petitioners will ever pray.
(Signed)        S. Cawley,
(Signed)        J. W Thomson, Reeve.
C. M. C.

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