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Indian Homes Committee series

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Our Indian Homes Committee and Rev. E.F. Wilson

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.25 m of textual records.

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History Biographical: 

The Indian Homes Committee was a Synod of Algoma committee focused on the management of the Algoma Indian Homes.  Canon 2.2 - Our Indian Homes adopted by the Synod of Algoma in 1914 describes the governance of the committee:

1. A committee for the management of the Algoma Indian Homes shall be elected at each ordinary session of the Synod of Algoma to serve during the inerval between one Synod and another, and to report in due course, as provided for in Section 4.

2. This Committee shall consist of the Bishop of the Diocese, the Principal of the Homes (if he be a member of the Synod), and sight others, four of whom shall be chosen from the clergy and four from the laity.  Two of each order shall be appointed by the Bishop, and the remaining four shall be elected by the Synod.  Five shall be a quorum.

3.  Meetings of the Committee shall be held at least quarterly at Sault Ste Marie, if possible at the time of the quarterly meetings of the Executive Committee.  But meetings may be called for sufficient cause by the Chairman at any convenient time.

4. The Committee shall be responsible to the Synod for the management of the Homes; it shall deal in all necessary matters with the Department of Indian Affairs, under the formal agreement passed between the Indian Superintendent and the Bishop of Algoma; and it shall report its decisions and operations semi-annually to the Executive Committee of the Synod and also in full to each session of the Synod.

5. The management of the Homes shall include: (1) The care of the grounds, the upkeep of the buildings, the carrying out of the curriculum under the formal agreement referred to in Clause 4, discipline, the engaging and paying of officers and workers, and generally all matters affecting the efficiency and process of the work and the physical, moral, and spiritual well-being and happiness at the Homes. (2) Subject to the approval of the Bishop of the Diocese, the maintenance and ordering of religious worship, and the systematic and effective teaching of the Christian faith in all its fullness, according to the doctrines, practices, and order of the Church of English in Canada.

Scope Content: 

Series comprises records created, endorsed, or published by the Our Indian Homes Committee.  Series includes committee meeting minutes, annual reports, and student registers.


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This series contains materials which uses dated, racist language and refers to Indigenous peoples using derogatory terms. Looking at this material might be triggering or distressing. A National Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support to former Residential School students and their families. This 24-Hour Crisis Line can be accessed at: 1-866-925-4419.

Custodial History: 

Transferred from Bishophurst by the Right Reverend Dr. Stephen Andrews to Algoma University January 23-24, 2014

Access Restriction: 

May be restrictions on access and use based on the terms of the Deposit Agreement, the Diocese's Policy on Privacy and Archives. Subject to all applicable privacy legislation.

Repro Restriction: 

 Some restrictions on reproduction due to fragility of the materials.


Basic conservation performed during processing.

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