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Series consists of records relating to the Commission appointed to investigate the charges against J.A.N. Provencher, Acting Superintendent of Indians for Manitoba. Joseph A. N. Provencher was appointed Indian Commissioner for Manitoba and the North West Territories by Order in Council 28 February 1873, on the resignation from that post of Wemyss Simpson. With the re-structuring of the administration in 1876 and the appointment as Indian Commissioner of Lt. Governor David Laird, Provencher became Acting Superintendent of the Manitoba Superintendency. In November 1877 a Commission was appointed to investigate frauds and irregularities allegedly committed by Provencher in connection with his position as Acting Superintendent. Investigating commissioners Ebenezer McColl, Inspector of Indian Agencies, and W. A. Ross, barrister, found the charges substantially borne out by the evidence collected through their commission, and Provencher was dismissed (Order in Council, 9 May 1879). The investigation found Provencher guilty of, among other things, corruption in the tendering of Indian supplies, providing the Indians with inferior equipment, sending fictitious accounts to the Department, supplying the Indians with food unfit for use, collusion to produce fraudulent accounts with suppliers, and of having been "corruptly interested" in contracts for cattle and other Indian supplies.
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