1. How many persons of Indian ancestry have been evicted or otherwise removed from reserves in Alberta during each of the years 1951 to 1956 inclusive?
2. How many of these cases were represented by legal counsel?
3. Does provision in law exist with respect to the federal government providing legal counsel to act for persons threatened with expulsion from Indian reservations under terms of sections 9-12 of the Indian Act?
4. If not, is consideration being given by the department to provide this service free?
Answer by: Hon. J. W. Pickersgill (Minister
of Citizenship and Immigration):
4. The policy has not been to provide legal counsel for either party involved in protests over Indian status or band membership. However in the case of the recent appeal in Alberta, it has at the request of the appellants been agreed to pay reasonable costs of their counsel; and the department is prepared to take similar action in the case of those who lodged the protest.
Subtopic: INDIAN AFFAIRS, ALBERTA-RESERVE EVICTIONS