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Onion Lake First Nation Signs TLE Agreement

Beatrice MacDonald

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      MAY 1994      v23 n04 p01  
Onion Lake TLE signing

Over 250 people gathered at the Onion Lake First Nation to witness the Treaty Land Entitlement signing. Pictured above are Myler Saville (left seated), Acting Regional Director General for the Department of Indian Affairs, and Onion Lake Chief Joe Waskewitch (seated right)

The Onion Lake First Nation ratified their Treaty Land Entitlement on March 14, 1994 with an overwhelming majority of Band members voting yes.

The official signing took place at the Eagleview High School on Friday, April 29,1994. There were approximately 250 people present to witness this historic signing. The Great Spirit blessed us with a beautiful day so the official signing ceremony was held outdoors. The master of ceremonies was Ray Whitstone of Onion Lake and he did a splendid job, as usual. The ceremony was opened with a grand entry song by the Pipestone Creek Singers, followed by the Greeting Song sung by a number of children lead by Brian MacDonald.


Onion Lake First Nation Signs TLE Agreement

Beatrice MacDonald

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      MAY 1994      v23 n04 p06  
Along with Chief Joe Waskewitch and council and the staff of the Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE), there were representatives from the Government, including Maynard Sontag, MLA Meadow Lake; Len Taylor, MP North Battleford; Cliff Wright and Peggy Brizinski. Office of the Treaty Commissioner; Arnold Gellowich, INAC Meadow Lake; Verna Cachene, TLE Division; Myler Saville, INAC Regina; Pat Gulak, Mayor Lloydminster; and from the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, Chief Roland Crowe and Vice Chief Dan Bellegarde.

The band members enjoyed many inspirational messages from guest speakers and we thank them all for being present at this important occasion. The Onion Lake Chief and Council then presented our elders 65 years and over with a Pendleton Blanket and $2,000.00 cash each. The ceremony was followed by a barbecue held for the children by the Ladies Ball Club. We would like to thank the ladies who served both the sit down supper and the barbecue for a job well done.