Mr. W. A. BOYS (South Simcoe) present ed the .following report of the Special Committee to whom was referred Bill No. 14 to amend the Indian Act:
1. Your committee convened on the 31st day of March, 1920, and thereafter held seventeen meetings, hearing thirty-five Indian witnesses from various parts of Canada, and in addition heard long and able addresses from three counsel learned in the law who appeared for the Six Nation Indians and certain of the Allied Tribes of British Columbia.
2. Having given Bill No. 14 careful consideration, your committee have agreed to report the same with amendments, and for the information of the House report herewith their minutes of evidence and the exhibits filed in connection therewith.
3. That in the opinion of your committee the administration of the affairs of an Indian community or band by an hereditary council may be detrimental to the best interests and progress of such Indians, and your committee would therefore recommend that wherever such a system exists the Government should ascertain whether the majority of the male members of the band of the full age of twenty-one years, are in favour of the adoption of an elective system of councillors, and if so, that the provisions of the Indian Act in this regard should be put into operation as soon as possible.