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Opinion: Reconciliation a work in progress on Beardy’s & Okemasis – Regina Leader-Post

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.

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