The Stoney Knoll Interpretive Site was launched at the Ribbon Cut Ceremony. The historic event was attended by children from various schools around and many leaders.
“It was about friendship, understanding, and how to live together in peace,” Wilmar Froze said. The (event) was very good and very peaceful. “
The descendants of the Stony Noor band were present, including the late Winnie’s wife Sylvia. According to Mary Casberson of the Treaty Commission (OTC), there is an ongoing land claim.
“Stoninor does not yet have that recognition by the crown that their land has surrendered illegally,” Culbertson said. “Hopefully within the next five years that’s no longer the case and they’ll get that full recognition again … they don’t want to get rid of those who are there now … Silvia says,” You take care of it. The land you took care of our land, and you love the land as much as we do. It was one of their acts of reconciliation. “
Band members want to be approved by the Government of Canada to confirm that an illegal surrender has occurred. Land billing is currently underway, so we are waiting for the future of Stonennor.
Historically, the Stoney Knoll band, called the Young Chippewan band, was once in the area where the town of Laird is now.
In July 1888, the land of the Stoney Knoll band was investigated as about 30 square miles along the northern Saskatchewan River. Band members of Stony Noor left for a short time in search of food as the buffalo population declined.
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Meanwhile, Mennonite and Lutheran settlers arrived in Saskatchewan. The Canadian government has searched for land to sell to newcomers. It was assumed that there were no more members of the Stoney Knoll band.
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“The (Canadian) government at the time said it had occupied the land and surrendered,” Culbertson said. “(The government) said that all the young Chipewyans were dead (and) no one was gone.”
After selling their land to Mennonite and Lutheran settlers, Stonenil’s band members split and settled in the adjacent First Nations community in North Battleford.
“It wasn’t until the 1970s that some of the people of Stoney Nornation came and told the farmers that this was actually their land.” Everyone figured out how to solve this problem. I didn’t really know it. “
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed for 2006 with the aim of working together for a peaceful solution to ease the tensions that have arisen between members and descendants of the State of Stoneinor and the settlers living in the land. it was done.
According to Culbertson, the late Prime Minister Ben Winnie and hereditary chief George Kingfisher worked with the Mennonite Central Committee and the Lutheran factions in the area to attempt a reconciliation.
Through continued efforts to achieve reconciliation, members of the Mennonite community in Laird have worked with indigenous communities to bridge the gap formed between the two.
Froese and his wife Barb undertook it to create a commentary site to help visitors understand the story that the original landowners were Stoney Knoll people.
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Stoney Knoll Nation commentary site opened near Laird
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