Posted: Apr 06, 2016
FSIN applauds efforts of Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nations
A Saskatchewan First Nation is getting ready to be compensated for actions taken by the federal government more than 130 years ago.
Today, the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations publicly stated its support for the Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation. The community wants to receive compensation for actions taken by the federal government after the 1885 Riel Rebellion.
Last May, the Specific Claims Tribunal ruled that the Crown erred in not paying treaty annuities.
According to the FSIN, Beardy’s and Okemasis was among more than a dozen First Nations that were declared rebel bands and then punished by withholding annuities for every man, woman and child.
“These agreements are not merely simple promises, but rather they are binding treaties which are recognized not only in the courts, but also within administrative tribunals, such as this one,” said Beardy’s and Okemasis Chief Rick Gamble.
“The Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nations are delighted that our claim was validated, and look forward to the long-awaited resolution to this claim.”
The compensation hearing is scheduled for three days next week at the Wanuskewin Heritage Centre in Saskatoon.