Letter from John Diefenbaker to Percy A. Paull

Cc: Minister of Justice
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
(Superintendent General of Indian Affairs)
Circ
File
Ottawa
March 9, 1962

Dear Mr. Paull:

I have your letter of February 24th, in which you refer to a number of matters relating to the treaty rights of the Indian people in Canada who come under treaty, and also to the particular position of the Indians in British Columbia who have no treaty.

I should like to repeat the assurances which I gave to you in my letter of November 5, 1961, and to repeat that the rights of Indians under treaty and the aboriginal rights of Indians generally in Canada are not in any way diminished or affected by the legislation passed in 1960, which conferred on persons of Indian status the right to vote in federal elections. The legislation in question confers an additional right or benefit: it takes nothing away. If an Indian wants to vote in the federal elections, - and it is my hope that all Indians will do so, - he does not have to surrender any rights whatsoever, and specifically he does not have to surrender his right to exemption of income on money he earns on the Indian reserves.

You also ask whether Indians or Indian tribes or bands will become “extinct” by voting in the federal elections. The answer is a definite “No”. The position of Indian tribes or bands, and of individual Indians, will be entirely unaffected by voting in any federal election. I trust that you will accept my unqualified assurances on these points.

Percy A. Paull, Esq.,

419 West 3rd Street,
North Vancouver, B.C.

The remaining portions of your letter, relating to a recent decision of the British Columbia Cour of Appeal and to an Order-in-Council, No. 1036, made with reference to legislation passed by the Parliament of Canada in 1920, are being referred to the Minister of Justice and to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (Superintendent General of Indian Affairs) for their advice and comments.

I am,
Yours sincerely,

[Stamp: Original signed by John G. Diefenbaker]
Cit. & Imm./al


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Enormous crowd at Outlook, Saskatchewan watches as Chief Little Crow of the Sioux Indian Tribe places head dress on Prime Minister John G. Diefenbaker, naming him Chief Standing Buffalo
John Diefenbaker being named Chief Standing Buffalo by Chief Little Crow of the Sioux Indian Tribe
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John Diefenbaker in Indian head dress
Creator: Unknown

Subject: Canada – Head of Government | Saskatchewan – First Nations | School | Students

Description: John Diefenbaker in Indian head dress with a group of native children of the Beardy Okemasis band at Old Mission School in Duck Lake

Date Created: [v./ca. 1955]

Identifier: MG01/XVII/JGD7448

John Diefenbaker with Chief Mathias Joe of the Capilano and others in North Vancouver
Creator: Canada Pictures Limited

Subject: Canada – Head of Government | British Columbia – First Nations

Description: John Diefenbaker standing with Chief Matthias Joe and three other members of the Capilano Indian band who are all in ceremonial dress, North Vancouver Coast-Capilano riding, 1958 federal election

Date Created: March 1958

Identifier: MG01/XVII/JGD4859

John Diefenbaker speaking in Inuvik
Creator: National Film Board of Canada

Subject: Canada – Head of Government | Northwest Territories – First Nations

Description: John Diefenbaker speaking from an outdoor platform during the opening ceremonies in Inuvik, Northwest Territories

Date Created: 21 July 1961

Identifier: MG01/XVII/JGD3643

John Diefenbaker greeting an Aboriginal woman, and a small boy
Creator: National Film Board of Canada

Subject: Canada – Head of Government | Northwest Territories – Aboriginal

Description: John Diefenbaker greets an Aboriginal woman and a small boy, amidst a crowd of individuals, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Date Created: July 1961

Identifier: MG01/XVIIJGD3636

John Diefenbaker with Chief Brono, Chief Joe Sangris and the Mayor of Yellowknife, North West Territories
Creator: National Film Board of Canada

Subject: Canada – Head of Government | Northwest Territories – First Nations

Description: John Diefenbaker talking to Chief Brono of Rae, Chief Sangris of Yellowknife and the Mayor of Yellowknife, North West Territories

Date Created: July 1961

Identifier: MG01/XVII/JGD3635

John Diefenbaker with school children in Whitehorse, Yukon
Creator: Unknown

Subject: Canada – Head of Government | Yukon – First Nations | School

Description: John Diefenbaker standing to address the students of Whitehorse Elementary and High School, Christ the King School and the Indian Baptist Mission

Date Created: 26 September 1958

Identifier: MG01/XVII/JGD3606

John and Olive Diefenbaker with Chief William Little Crow at Outlook Saskatchewan
Creator: Unknown

Subject: Canada – Head of Government | Saskatchewan – First Nations | Personalities | Traditional Costume

Description: John and Olive Diefenbaker talking to Chief William Little Crow of Sioux at South Saskatchewan River Dam ceremony, Outlook

Date Created: 27 May 1959

Identifier: MG01/XVII/JGD1176

John Diefenbaker being named Chief Standing Buffalo by Chief Little Crow of the Sioux Indian Tribe
Creator: Saskatchewan Government Photographic Services

Subject: Canada – Head of Government | Saskatchewan – First Nations | Ceremony

Description: Enormous crowd at Outlook, Saskatchewan watches as Chief Little Crow of the Sioux Indian Tribe places head dress on Prime Minister John G. Diefenbaker, naming him Chief Standing Buffalo

Date Created: May 1959

Identifier: MG01/XVII/JGD3451


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Speech by John Diefenbaker at Penetang, Ontario

Creator:Progressive Conservative Party of Canada

Subject:Canada – Head of Government | Canada – Human Rights

Description:John Diefenbaker mentions his devotion to the concept of equality for all Canadians, despite opposition to this view

Date Created:2May1965

Identifier:MG01/XVIII/T544-PAC180b

Speech by John Diefenbaker to the Sudbury Progressive Conservative Association, Sudbury

Creator:Progressive Conservative Party of Canada

Subject:Canada – Head of Government | Canada – First Nations | Canada – Franchise | Canada - Senators

Description:John Diefenbaker enumerates his Government’s achievements regarding First Nations issues, namely extending them the franchise and appointing James Gladstone to the Senate

Date Created:15May1965

Identifier:MG01/XVIII/T543-PAC179b

Speech by John Diefenbaker at Waterton Park, Alberta

Creator:CJOC Radio, Lethbridge

Subject:Canada – Head of Government | Canada – First Nations | Canada – Franchise

Description:John Diefenbaker discusses his Government’s recent granting of the franchise to First Nations and what it will mean for the future, at his investiture as an honorary Chief of the Kainai Chieftanship.

Date Created:27June1960

Identifier:MG01/XVIII/T193-PAC44a


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