Medicine Chest 1876

Treaty Six – ‘Medicine Chest’ clause: “The only Treaty which specifically mentions medical care is Treaty Six, which contains two clauses:

“That in the events hereafter of the Indians comprised within this Treaty being overtaken by any pestilence or by a general famine, the Queen, on being satisfied and certified thereof, by her Indian Agent or Agents, will grant to the Indians , assistance of such character as to extent as here Chief Superintendent of Indian affairs shall deem necessary and sufficient to relieve the Indians of the calamity that shall have befallen them.

And, that a Medicine Chest shall be kept at the house of the Indian Agent for the use and benefit of the Indians at the discretion of the Agent.”