Peepeekisis Cree Nation
The Peepeekisis Cree Nation, located in the picturesque Qu’Appelle Valley in southern Saskatchewan, has a unique history, marked by the innovative “File Hills Colony.” This visionary social experiment, launched in 1896, aimed to introduce an agrarian lifestyle to the First Nation and foster assimilation into the broader colonial farming community. While this project had its challenges, it’s important to recognize that it spurred change and progress. Over time, the colony flourished, attracting over 30 families by 1915. The positive side of this endeavor is that it showcased Canada’s evolving approach to Aboriginal peoples, even earning visits from royalty and U.S. Government officials. Though there were difficulties and social divisions along the way, the Peepeekisis Cree Nation persisted. Legal actions and negotiations eventually led to a landmark settlement of 150 Million in January 2020, highlighting Canada’s commitment to addressing past shortcomings and fostering positive relations with the Peepeekisis band.