We Are All Treaty People

FSIN and the OTC are commemorating 1885 hangings at Fort Battleford.

  • Published - 26/11/2018
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  • Posted By - FSIN
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The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Executive is proud to be partnering with the Office of the Treaty Commissioner in honouring and remembering the First Nations men who were hung on November 27, 1885 at Fort Battleford.

“These men were killed because they were standing up for their people, for their Inherent rights. It is important that we remember those who gave up their lives to protect our rights, our land and our communities,” Said FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron.

“Reconciliation cannot take place until we understand the enormity of the wrongs that were done to First Nations people,” said Treaty Commissioner Mary Culbertson. “This event provides our communities with the opportunity to honour their fallen and the sacrifices that they made.”

Eight men were hung at North Battleford. Their names were: Kah - Paypamahchukways (Wandering Spirit), Pah Pah-Me-Kee-Sick (Walking the Sky), Manchoose ( Bad Arrow),  Kit-Ahwah-Ke-Ni (Miserable Man), Nahpase (Iron Body), A-Pis-Chas-Koos (Little Bear),

Itka (Crooked Leg), Waywahnitch (Man Without Blood). The day that the hangings took place, First Nation students from the Battleford Industrial school were taken out to witness the event.

The Commemoration will take place at Wanuskewin Heritage park at 12:30 p.m. until 4:00 pm. Treaty Commissioner Mary Culbertson, Chief Sylvia Weenie of the Stoney Knoll/Young Chipewyan Nations former Treaty Commissioner and Chair of the Saskatchewan Human Rights David Arnot, Chief Cameron and several elders and knowledge keepers will provide history and background.