Need help locating information regarding an Indian reserve on Big Whiteshell Lake in Manitoba
I need help finding information regarding an Indian reserve on Big Whiteshell Lake in Manitoba. Our current reserves are in Ontario, and we are known (for INAC purposes) as Islington 29. Our elders speak about this reserve, and we know of a cemetary on an island on Big Whiteshell Lake. There are still building foundations on the mainland part, as well as a Scouts Canada camp (Camp Alloway). Also, survey markers are supposed to be somewhere on the property so a group of us are venturing to the property and island within the next few weeks. There is a window of time after the snow melts and before the vegetation obscures the ground and markers.
I just relocated back to my home community after 40 years away - starting from when I was adopted out.
My home community hired me right away to look into, among other things, this issue of what happened to our former reserve. It is no longer on any maps, nor found in anything within Indian Affairs.
Basically, I am asking for any help on where to look for the information that my community needs. I am starting to join forums and other groups, as well as starting the tedious work of finding accounts of our people being present there by the Hudson's Bay and other government records.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and I look forward to hearing from anybody that could help.