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November 27, 2020
Reconciliation work, made necessary by the fallout from the 1885 North-West Resistance, is not over, write Angus Esperance and Bill Waiser.
Saskatchewan’s Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation and the Crown are actively engaged in reconciliation.
It wasn’t always that way.
Willow Cree Chiefs Beardy and Saswaypew (succeeded by Okemasis) signed an adhesion to Treaty 6 in August 1876. Alarmed by the disappearance of the bison, they accepted the Queen’s offer of assistance to make the transition to farming.