Letter from John Sacobie to John Diefenbaker

Oromocto Indian Reservation,
Oromocto, N. B.,
February 26, 1960
Right Honourable John Diefenbaker,
Prime Minister of Canada,
House of Commons,
Ottawa, Ontario

Dear Mr. Prime Minister:

I wish you to know that the Band of Indians of which I am the Chief is not in favour of any amendment to the Elections Act giving Indians the franchise in Federal elections, and on behalf of the Band and for myself I hereby request the Government to reconsider its plans to amend the law.

You are aware that the rights of Indians are established by Treaty and we do not wish in any way to interfere in the choice of Government of the Country.

According to statements attributed to your Government the only reason the Indians are being given the vote is so that certain other governments abroad cannot say some of the residents of Canada are deprived of voting powers. Surely this country's representatives abroad can explain to other governments the status of Indians in this country and the derivation of their rights through Treaty.

I am surprised that a Government would seek to alter in any way the status of Indians without first ascertaining whether the Indians themselves concurred and I therefore request of you that the proposed Government legislation be withheld as long as the Indians are opposed to it. I know that you will wish to have regard for the rights of the minority.

Will you please advise me of your Government's intention so that I may advise the members of my Band.

I am sending a copy of this letter to the Leader of the Opposition, Right Honourable L. B. Pearson, and to Mr. Hazen Argue, House Leader of the C.C.F. Party.

Respectfully,

[signature]

John Sacobie,

Chief, Band No. 26 of the Maliseet Indians

cc: Rt. Hon. L.B. Pearson
Mr. Hazen Argue


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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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