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The federal government has formally apologized to Peepeekisis Cree Nation for the File Hills Colony Scheme.
The plan appropriated lands from 1898 to 1954 and involuntarily took graduates of residential and industrial schools from different communities and relocated them to Peepeekisis Cree Nation to live and learn to farm on the lands taken from the community without permission or compensation.
On Wednesday, the minister of crown-indigenous relations called the Cree Nation, which is 38 kilometers east of Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask. located, attended to offer a formal apology for the federal government’s role in the plan.
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“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I am truly sorry for the damage, trauma and significant loss of farmland that the community of Peepeekisis Cree Nation has experienced as a result of Canada’s role in the File Hills Colony Scheme,” Marc Miller said in a statement. said. release.
“Recognizing and addressing our past mistakes is critical to building trust, and renewing and improving our relationship with indigenous peoples.”
Last August, the federal government and Peepeekisis Cree Nation reached a settlement over the specific claim of the File Hills Colony. Under the terms of the settlement, Peepeekisis Cree Nation will receive $150 million in compensation. There is also an option for Peepeekisis to acquire up to 18,720 hectares of land to be added to the reserve.
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The country’s chief said the scheme not only displaced people from Peepeekisis Cree Nation from their lands, but also displaced others from different communities from their homes and families.
“Our nation and its people have experienced damage, trauma and disruption to their ways of life through the forced imposition and transfer of graduates to Peepeekisis from other nations,” said Francis Dieter, Chief of Peepeekisis Cree Nation.
“The File Hills Colony Scheme has left a legacy of division, but through the recent settlement and recognition of its wrongdoing, Canada’s apology to our nation and our people can allow us to move forward on our path to to heal the nation and become one people from Peepeekisis.”
The Government of Canada says it will continue to work with Peepeekisis Cree Nation to build the relationship between the two nations for the benefit of all Canadians.
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