Category Archives: Cree History

Reclaiming the legacy of Mistahi Maskwa

Thanks to Milton Tootoosis for allowing me to share this note from his Facebook group ACIMOWIN by Headman/Counsellor Milton Tootoosis. It is exciting to see that descendants of this visionary leader are finding ways to reclaim their proper place in Canada, and … Continue reading

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Seeking Clemency for Poundmaker – via Eagle Feather News

Poundmaker seeks clemency for its namesake chief Katie Doke Sawatzky | Eagle Feather News | August 15, 2017 http://www.eaglefeathernews.com/news/index.php?detail=2936 While the fight to have treaty rights recognized is a continual battle for First Nations across Canada, Poundmaker Cree Nation has … Continue reading

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Poundmaker Museum Opening: With thanks to David MacKinnon and Roxanne Tootoosis

It was a fabulous day for the grand opening of the Poundmaker Museum at Poundmaker Cree Nation. The museum itself is a wealth of historical knowledge. The opening included various dignitaries including elders who spoke of the history of the … Continue reading

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John B. Tootoosis – Star Phoenix (May 2017)

Canada 150: John Tootoosis helped unify Saskatchewan’s indigenous peoples MAY 1, 2017 6:30 AM http://thestarphoenix.com/storyline/canada-150-john-tootoosis-helped-unify-saskatchewans-indigenous-peoples John Baptiste Tootoosis chose to be politically active even if it meant getting arrested.  Tootoosis would travel to communities to meet with aboriginal leaders during the 1930s. … Continue reading

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Manitoba Cree (and Ojibwe) Historical Resources from Frontier School Division

I was intrigued today by Ken Paupanekis’s collection of books and videos from his time with Frontier School Division – and also to find how many of these carefully researched and prepared publications are available online in pdf form. Not a … Continue reading

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Nationhood Interrupted: Revitalizing nêhiyaw Legal Systems: Sylvia McAdam (Saysewahum)

Sylvia McAdam (Sasewahum) will be speaking in Winnipeg February 10 & 11, 2016. While I continue to find specific details, I’m pleased to share some of the wonderful resources she has created here. Sylvia is very clear in her video lectures … Continue reading

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Honouring the Buffalo: A Plains Cree Legend

In the words of elder Ray Lavalee, “You must always honour the buffalo because they gave us life.”

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In Memoriam, Allen Sapp

I was privileged last summer to visit the Allen Sapp Gallery in North Battleford, and see some of the work in person that I previously only knew through books. I also got to meet lawyer, writer and activist Michelle Good … Continue reading

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Amiskwaciy History Series: Shared History is Reconciliation

Because Cree Literacy is so much more than reading and writing words, I was delighted to discover this new series of videos via YouTube from amiskwaciy-wâskahikan / ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᕀ ᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Edmonton, Alberta, lit., Beaver Hills House) thanks to Simon Gowen on the Facebook Cree … Continue reading

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An infamous anniversary: 130 years since Canada’s Largest Mass Hanging 27 November 1885

A day the Cree Nation should never forget Paraphrasing Tyrone Tootoosis from Facebook: The eight Cree warriors that were hanged knew nothing of the legal system, and had no legal counsel or other advice. No defense was mounted. No reference was … Continue reading

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