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Article: Intro to Treaty 10

Buffalo River (Dillon) Saskatchewan
Buffalo River is located in Northwest Saskatchewan and just like every First Nations band in Saskatchewan they had to fight for the loss of land and traditional practices taken away at the signing of the treaties.

In 1954, the Government of Canada took up a 4490-square-mile parcel of land in Northern Alberta and Saskatchewan, roughly centered on Primrose Lake, for an air force bombing and gunnery range. The Primrose Lake Air Weapons Range (PLAWR) lands were part of the traditional hunting and trapping territory of the First Nations in the area. The Buffalo River, Joseph Bighead, Waterhen Lake, and Flying Dust First Nations maintain that they depended on this for their livelihoods. They assert that Canada’s action in taking up this land, with no provision for compensation or economic rehabilitation, amounts to a breach of Treaties 6 and 10 and a breach of fiduciary duty. In 1975, the First Nations filed claims under the Specific Claims Policy for losses resulting from the creation of the range. Canada rejected the claims. In June 1993 and February 1994 the Indian Claims Commission (ICC) agreed to conduct inquiries into the rejection of these claims.