Report on the affairs of the Indians in Canada : laid before the Legislative Assembly, 20th March, 1845
Sir Charles Bagot, Rawson William Rawson, John Davidson , William Hepburn
A report commissioned in 1842 by Governor General Sir Charles Bagot, and prepared by Report Commissioners, Rawson William Rawson, John Davidson and William Hepburn. It contained a number of recommendations to deal with perceived problems with Indigenous people. Significantly, it recommended the establishment of Residential Schools to separate children from their families and ensure their "civilization."
As an early province of the British Empire, Upper and Lower Canada provided plans for the administration of Indian Affairs. Under a commission led by Sir Robert Bagot, recommendations were made to control "Indian Affairs" through the assimilation and education of "Native children." The Bagot Commission report is a clear plan of colonial control which was operating prior to Confederation in 1867.