Kaministikominahoko-skak Cree Nation
● the original people who occupied the lands of the Cumberland Delta and Ratty
country prior to treaty;
● the descendants of the original people who occupied the lands of the Cumberland
Delta and Ratty Country prior to treaty;
● the people that the Creator gave life to as the Kaministikominahiko-shak
Nenawuk, with our territory, our sovereignty and our inherent rights.
● the people who were born with the rights of territory, sovereignty, and inherent
rights. These rights were not bestowed on us by the Queen, the Hudson’s Bay
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Kaministikominahiko-skak Cree Nation
Sub Office-304D, 1401-28 th St. E.
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, S6V6Z8
December 12, 2016
The Honorable Doctor Carolyn Bennett, P.C. M.P
Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs
House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
A Proposal to Establish a
Nation to Nation Negotiation Process
for Kaministikominahiko-skak Cree Nation (KCN) People
Dear Minister Bennett,
The Kaministikominahiko-skak Cree Nation (KCN) is a sovereign nation and was
Hey Dale, I agree with your assessment on this issue, because our ancestors were promised during the Treaty 5 negotiations at Cumberland Island in 1876, that our rights would last as long as the sun shines, the grass grows, and the rivers flow. In other words, our rights should have lasted forever.
I also know that the Indian Act was never part of the Treaty our ancestors agreed to. For that reason, where did Indian Affairs get its authority to take over our Cree Nation citizenship, and replace it with Indian Status and the Indian Act.
March 31, 2017
The Kaministikominahiko-skak Cree Nation (Cumberland Island people) are signatory to Treaty #5, however, the Federal Government has continued in its refusal to recognize us as a separate and a distinct Cree Nation under Treaty 5.
Accordingly, the KCN people have been waiting over 140 years for the federal government to do the right thing, and honor the treaty promises they made with our ancestors at the time of Treaty signing at Cumberland Island.
NATIONAL TREATY CHIEFS 1-11 SUPPORT KCN
In 2010, a National Treaty Chiefs gathering in Regina supported by resolution KCN efforts to get federal recognition as a Treaty 5 Nation.
The gathering was held on October 12 -15 at the Conexus Centre, in Regina situated on Treaty 4 Territory. Participating in the gathering were Treaty Chiefs, Headmen and Citizens of the Indigenous Nations from Treaties 1-11.
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.
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.
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.