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Day: September 24, 2019

Cree chief exonerated after 1885 conviction

Cree chief exonerated after 1885 conviction

Canadian military history was corrected in a formal ceremony on May 23 in Saskatchewan when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau exonerated Chief Poundmaker, who had been convicted of treason in 1885. Poundmaker was a Cree chief of a reserve at Cut Knife Hill in Saskatchewan. He had been involved in treaty negotiations with the federal government but when relations between the Métis and First Nations soured, Métis leaders convinced Louis Riel to return to Canada and lead what became known as the Northwest Rebellion, also referred to as the Northwest Resistance. With his people starving after a harsh winter, Poundmaker led a party of Cree to Battleford to demand the rations that had been promised but not delivered by the government. In the wake of the rebellion, local villagers had fled their ...

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