A federal tribunal will determine how much compensation Saskatchewan’s Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation will get from Ottawa for breaching treaty rights back in the 1800s.
Men, women and children on the First Nation, along with 13 others across Saskatchewan, were labelled as “rebel Indians” after the Northwest Resistance in 1885, and were cut off funding for three years by the federal government.
However, last May, the tribunal found the government breached a lawful obligation to pay treaty annuities.
Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation Chief Rick Gamble says their case is one of many that have gone through the courts targeting breaches of treaty rights.
The compensation hearing will be held April 11th to the 13th at the Wanuskewin Heritage Centre just outside of Saskatoon.