Submitted by john.dorion on Tue, 01/17/2017 - 19:34

In this article, I want to share with you some of the colonial labels we have acquired since the arrival of newcomers to KCN territory and the signing of the Indian Treaties in Canada.

Research shows that colonialism is the takeover of a foreign country, go and live there, and take control of it. In our case, as soon as the colonizers arrived on our island (Cumberland House) they changed the name of our community from Kaministikominahiko-skak to Cumberland House. They named it after a Duke of England who was called Cumberland.

Kaministikominahiko-skak (KCN) Culture and Identity

Submitted by john.dorion on Thu, 01/12/2017 - 02:48

In this article, I want to share with you important information regarding the culture and the identity of the Kaministikominahiko-skak (KCN) people which is now Cumberland House. At the same time, I want to define the terms of culture and identity.

Culture is a way of life of a people, and it’s important to know that the main characteristics of any culture is language, land and resources, beliefs and value systems, government, and territory.

Canada’s Specific Claims Policy

Submitted by john.dorion on Thu, 01/05/2017 - 03:04

As stated in my first article, the Kaministikominahiko-skak Cree Nation is a Sovereign Nation and was signatory to Indian Treaty 5 in Cumberland House which is situated 200 miles northeast of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

Our people have been waiting over 140 years for the Canadian government to take action on the unfinished treaty business with our Cree Nation. Our priority is the recognition of our Inherent and Treaty Rights through Nation to Nation negotiations.

As long as the grass grows and the water runs

Submitted by john.dorion on Mon, 12/26/2016 - 17:45

This article illustrates how the Kaministikominoko-skak Cree Nation (KCN) people were treated by Indian agents and land speculators after the signing of Indian Treaty # 5 at Kaministikominoko-skak (Cumberland).

Research shows that in 1889 many KCN children were stripped of their treaty rights even with protests from First Nations people in the Prince Albert region. Likewise, the petition below demonstrates the contempt Indian agents had for the treaty rights of our ancestors and their children when implementing Treaty 5 at Kaministikominoko-skak.


Submitted by john.dorion on Tue, 09/22/2015 - 23:37


On September 15, 2015, legal counsel for the Kaministikominahiko-skak Cree Nation, and Chief John Dorion, met with representatives of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) and its counsel in a Court mandated mediation session in the on going legal action over the final signing of the FSIN Conventions Act that was improperly removed from the agenda in 2009.

Kaministikominahiko-skak Cree Nation takes legal action against FSIN Chief Perry Bellegarde for improper handing of our FSIN membership

Submitted by john.dorion on Sun, 11/02/2014 - 19:22

In August 2014 the Kaministikominahiko-skak Cree Nation, formerly known as the John Cochrane Band, launched a law suit against Perry Bellegarde, Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) for the improper handling of our membership in the FSIN.

We have received numerous questions about our current legal action against the FSIN Executive Authority, Chief Perry Bellegarde. We hope the following will help you understand our situation and why we were forced to take our issues to court.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can be a member in the FSIN?

Who we are

Submitted by john.dorion on Sat, 03/01/2014 - 23:56

We are the sovereign nation of Kaministikominahiko-skak Swampy Cree people. We are part of a much larger Nation of Cree peoples who live on Turtle Island or North America. For far too long our history has been spoken and written through the eyes of others.

The information we share comes from our oral history passed through the generations. We consider this information as valid truths for our people. We invite you to read with an open heart and mind as we share the truths of our history in the spirit of relationship building.

Kaministikominahiko-skak Cree Nation makes formal request to James Anaya, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to address violations of their Sovereign rights as a matter of International concern

Submitted by john.dorion on Wed, 10/09/2013 - 16:11

October 7, 2013 Email correspondence to James Anaya . The Kaministikominahiko-skak Cree Nation people from northeast Saskatchewan extend a warm welcome to James Anaya the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Please find attached a 4 page summative document of our peoples human rights struggles with the Canadian government. Simply stated the Canadian government has denied and ignored our Inherent sovereign rights and our treaty rights for 140 years. It is our hope that you can provide us with some means of achieving justice and fairness.