by Elaine Enns
Geez, Fall 2021
In public school, I learned that Canada had been “kinder” to Indigenous peoples compared to the U.S., evidenced by the relative lack of “Indian Wars.” Nineteenth century government policies, however, tell a different story.
I grew up in a tight-knit Mennonite community in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, about 72 km (45 miles) south of Reserve 107, a small government-allotted plot given to the Young Chippewayan Cree band in 1876 as part of Treaty Six. But less than a decade after the treaty was signed, the Department of Indian Affairs began withholding payments to Young Chippewayans, then ceased to recognize them as a band altogether.
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