1898/14 re Chinese miners on Fraser River – encroaching on an Indian reserve
As part of the Chinese Historical Wrongs Legacy Initiative, the BC Archives has digitized a selection of documents related to criminal prosecutions against the Chinese community from 1866 to 1914, found in GR-0419. These are mainly records created as part of the preliminary hearing held before a judge in order to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to proceed to trial. There are often lengthy witness statements, and cross examinations by both prosecution and defense lawyers. The eventual verdict is sometimes recorded on the outside of the docket. They offer a fascinating glimpse into 19th and early 20th century criminal activity around the province, and ways in which the Chinese community was stereotyped. The records offered for transcription here are a small selection; for additional digitized material from GR-0419 click here.
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Summary \convictions. General Form of Information or of Complaint on Oath.
PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA,
District or County of Yale
The Information of Praal-Horhchnah, Indian Chief of the
Township of Spuzzum Indian Reserve, in the said District or County of Yale, taken upon oath, before me, the undersigned, one of Her Majesty's Justices of the Peace in and for the said District or County of Yale, at Spuzzam, in the said District or County of Yale, this Sixteenth day of March, in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety-eight, who saith that (he hath ust cause to suspect and believe, and doth suspect and believe that) Ah Quin, Ahec Fou, Ah You, Ah Wing, Joe, Ah Lou, Ah Lang, Hop Lee, Ah Kim, of the Spuzzum of , in the said District or County of Yale, within the space of Four days last past, to wit, on the Sixteenth day of March instant, at the Indian Reserve of Spuzzum, in the District or County aforesaid, did unlawfully trespass by mining and residing on the fore-shore of the Spuzzum Indian Reserve
Witness to work H. Cancellor
? C. Constable
contrary to the form of Statute in such case made and provided. TAKEN and sworn before me, the day and year and at the place above mentioned. ? A. Irwin Indian agent