From Under our Feet
Vanishing away of the land beneath our feet.
Disappeared away and forgotten in the fog of World War I was the Ferguson Report
Concerning Frank Oliver , Minister of the Interior and Minister of Indian Affairs.
- A government employee gave away new homesteads on fraudulent entries with the approval of the Minister of the Interior, Mr. Oliver, who was in charge of the homestead administration. Hundreds of quarter sections were given away illegally.
The “improper transactions” cited in the Ferguson Report were bluntly described by one Member of Parliament when he said: “Hundreds of men who had no right to entries for claims are given lands by the authority of the Minister … hundreds of acres, hundreds of quarter sections disposed of illegally, fraudulently and for political purposes.”