We Are All Treaty People

Charlotte Ross

Charlotte Ross is a band member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation. As a young child, she was curious about the history of her family and her community; as a result she pursued an Honours degree in Native Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.  She was infused with history & the Cree language growing up in northern Saskatchewan communities. While working at the U of S with adult First Nation & Metis students, she decided to complete a Master’s degree in Adult & Continuing Education. Charlotte was involved in academic program advising, student funding support liaison and strategic planning throughout her tenure at the U of S for over twenty years.  She presented at numerous conferences and community gatherings focusing on the importance of understanding our history as First Nations & Metis people, strengthening our languages and envisioning a future that included meaningful engagement at all levels.

Since 2012, she has been involved in the agricultural storage building industry with her partner incorporating their family-owned business under Osihcikew Contracting Ltd. The extent of their work spans AB, SK and MB to build grain storage bins mostly on commercial locations and also with the local individual producers. She has two children, numerous nieces and nephews and an ever-growing circle of grandchildren. Charlotte continues to expand her opportunities to share information on the critical role that treaty making has been for the province of SK, the country of Canada and the world as a community. Throughout her numerous conference presentations both in Canada and in the USA, she embodies the significance of capturing our history as SK First Nations and Metis people, bringing pride and honour to those many ancestors who have gone ahead and left their stories to share with audiences.