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Aug 08, 2022
Announcement preceded gathering about former residential school
The federal government announced Monday that it has officially concluded a claim worth several million dollars with Beardy’s and Okemasis Cree Nation over historically withholding salaries promised to leadership under Treaty Six.
According to the government, the funds are compensation for the salaries and annuities it had withheld from the nation’s chiefs and headmen from 1885 to 1951 when it deemed the community was associated with the Northwest Rebellion, an uprising led by Métis leader Louis Riel in 1885.
“I was very honoured to be able to accept another significant contribution to our First Nation,” said Edwin Ananas, chief of Beardy’s and Okemasis Cree Nation, calling the settlement claim “historic.”
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