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Ottawa says it’s sorry for ‘radical social engineering’ experiment on First Nation – Canada’s National Observer

August 4th 2022

A Saskatchewan First Nation bore witness Wednesday to words it wanted from the federal government since the early 1950s — an apology.

Peepeekisis Cree Nation opened up their powwow grounds to Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller, who delivered the apology after Canada had forced a farming colony on the community’s land between 1898 to 1954.

The File Hills Farming Colony received graduates from Saskatchewan and Manitoba residential and industrial schools who were given parcels of prime farmland without the First Nation’s consent or compensation.

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