Item agreed to.
79. Fur conservation, $320,363.
Mr. Her ridge: Mr. Chairman, I want to bring to the minister's attention the fact that this Arrow Lake Indian band acquired the rights to a trap line in the Monashee mountain range. As a matter of fact, it is their only trap line existing in the Selkirk mountains or the Monashee mountains, the Selkirks being on the east side of the Columbia river and the Monashees being on the west side of the Columbia river, near Kootenay and the Okanagan boundary. The last survivor of this band died some years ago I understand and there was some relationship through intermarriage between the Arrow Lake band and the Kootenay band. Because of the blood relationship, I understand that this trap line has been kept in the hands of the Indians, the title to which has been maintained by the annual visit of an Indian from the Kootenay band living around Creston. I understand there is some confusion over the matter. The Indian affairs branch has an agency at Cranbrook and one at Vernon, but I think this is one of those small matters that is very inconvenient for their attention. However, I do ask the minister to have the question looked into, because I believe it is only right that the Indians in the area should retain title to the trap line if at all possible.