The land is rich in schools in Peerless Lake and Trout Lake. This includes two schools offering Kindergarten to Grade 6 (one at Peerless Lake and one at Trout Lake), as well as water treatment plants for each of these communities. Bigstone First Nation, historically, they always considered themselves to be a “From the oral tradition, you will get an interpretation of a way of transitioning from one economic system to another economic system.”. Travis Gladue-Beauregard, founder the Bigstone Empowerment Society, a group which seeks to increase transparency at Bigstone, started a petition to have the federal government release the negotiation minutes so band members can get a clear idea of what the band leadership agreed to. B.C.N. Gladue-Beauregard, an off-reserve band member himself, told The Post Millennial “Off-reserve members are not benefitting from this agreement because we don't depend upon the band and the government to for handouts. “They say there’s no money in farming,” Moostoos said. distinct and separate people. Munroe said through the first half of the 20th century, Indigenous people grew gardens to sustain themselves. A key part of the agreement was the creation of a new band for the communities of Peerless Lake and Trout Lake – the Peerless Trout First Nation. Although The newly elected Peerless Trout Chief James “Our people were very good at [farming]. Of the 6,727, 2,718 live on-reserve, and 4,009 live off-reserve. These steps include, for example, environmental site assessments and survey work. So the question was asked of the feds that went more or less like this: ‘If they qualify for that much, how about us?’ The answer, Yellowknee says, was “Nope. “We also After a tumultuous Fall election in which the results were called into question by multiple band members, members in Bigstone Cree Nation were awarded the opportunity to recast their votes in a do-over election this past Tuesday. corridors of power. land component to the settlement - 140,000 acres of land will be set aside as “Our taxes were paid in advance by sharing all this land under treaty. It is located on the Highway intersection of Highway 813 and Highway 754, 123 km Northeast of Lesser Slave Lake. Conservative MP Arnold Viersen, representing the northern Albertan constituency of Peace River-Westlock, brought the petition forward in the House of Commons this past Fall. On December 13, 2010, the government Having our treaty rights being trampled upon is not helping us to empower ourselves to build a better life for the future.” Due to the lack of transparency surrounding the agreement and its payment structure, Bigstone members are now considering taking legal action against the federal government and the former chief and council. He explained subsidies exist for non-Indigenous farmers to give them tax breaks on their income. Adding lands to reserve, particularly those related to TLE, creates opportunities that can help foster a healthier, sustainable future for individual First Nation communities, as well as bring economic benefits to surrounding areas. After a tumultuous Fall election in which the results were called into question by multiple band members, members in Bigstone Cree Nation were awarded the opportunity to recast their votes in a do-over election this past Tuesday. There’s a rumour out there (when isn’t there?) communities as well as to pay for the negotiating costs. Bigstone was signed into the "Treaty 8" agreement in 1899 and was provided with funds along with reserve lands to govern for growth of its membership. Although this Alvin Moostoos from the James Smith Cree Nation, said he thinks the first peoples should go back to the lands to harvest. will provide $28 million which includes the cost to build two elementary The community has been trying to decide how to share the money ever since. “[The Crown] tried to remake us into their image,” Munroe said. Alberta’s financial contribution to the Settlement Agreement totals $28 million. text book rentals, locker fees, bus passes, or student transportation, etc. This article was published more than 1 year ago, information might not be accurate. As more settlements are reached with different Treaty 8 First Nations, band members in Bigstone are left wondering why haven’t they received more? the communities with the land and resources they need to create economic The settlement resolves Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE) and Ancillary Benefits Claims under Treaty 8. They were filling up the local grain elevators and the white farmers were complaining.”. You will not receive a reply. At the same time, members also approved Trust Agreements developed by the First Nations to set out how the settlement funds will be used and managed for the future benefit of all members. Click here to see who is currently serving as. ​Obtain your Post Secondary Sponsorship Application Packages here. Obtain your Short-Term Training Funding Application Package here. Alberta with the Bigstone Cree Nation. Although finally resolved when a settlement agreement of $259,400,000 was reached bring many benefits to the members of Peerless Trout and allow members to grow The pledge at the time was that for native families that wanted to take up farming, the Crown would provide the means to do that. Treaty Land Entitlement or TLE claims arise when First Nations did not receive all the land promised in a historic treaty. Gladue is a former Serviceman with the Canadian Forces, and has members of his immediate family living in Bigstone Cree Nation. negotiations were well underway in 2002, elected representatives from the Historically, the communities of Peerless Lake and Trout Lake considered themselves as distinct and separate from Bigstone.