SLCN History & Digital Links

This page is to post historical facts in Saddle Lake Cree Nation's (SLCN) history to assist students in their learning and create nation pride, awareness, and unity.  Therefore, I encourage nation members and friends to forward relevant links to assist in this historical reference.  Some links are to assist the teachers and students in their curriculum studies.

I also encourage all to visit our local museum (located on second floor of main band office) for additional history and our Saddle Lake Lottery Fund Department on a list of all historical Chiefs.

Over the years Saddle Lake has changed it's name to it's current name "Saddle Lake (Onicikiskwapowin) Cree Nation".  These are names Saddle Lake has been listed as over the years:
  • Saddle Lake Indian Reserve #125
  • Saddle Lake First Nation
  • Saddle Lake Cree Nation interchangeable with Onicikiskwapowin.
Saddle Lake's band populous is #125 and our band membership registration number is #462 and the band was created in 1953 even though signing of Treaty #6 Agreement between the Queen's people of Canada (Canadian monarch) and the Original Plains and Wood Cree people of Turtle Island was in 1876.


Lonnie Whiskeyjack Creation:

Idle no more, Treaty 6 Cree Rap and Hip Hop Educational Video by: Lonnie Whiskeyjack

Published on Feb 18, 2013
This is a small historical and somewhat educational slide show video on some events that happened in 1876 when Treaty 6 was signed and also when the Indian Act was implemented upon First Nations People in Canada as well as a Hip Hop and Rap song from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada local rap and hip hop artist "Whiskey Jack" aka Lonnie Whiskeyjack who is originally from the Saddle Lake First Nation east of Edmonton in Northern Alberta, Canada It is a rhyme against the passing of proposed BILL C-45 and the second verse is done in Cree. Although it may not be the best Cree speaking, Whiskey Jack tried as best as he could through what little he was taught growing up and books as well as pow wow songs and rounddance songs he sings, and although he lost most language through the impact Residential Schools had on his parents and community this is his way of breaking through his language barriers and going to the roots to try and teach himself the beautiful sacred complicated Cree tounge so that he may pass it down to generations ahead in hopes that his culture, language and history will not be forever lost among his people. Whiskey Jack would like to encourage other youth to learn thier language and pass it down to thier chirldern and to learn thier cerimonies so that as keepers of Mother Earth we can continue to keep her clean, and healthy in ways that are as old as our Mother Earth herself. HAI HAI (Thank you in CREE)

Additional Known facts:  Treaty #6 was first signed on August 28, 1876 at Fort Carlton and continued at Fort Pitt, and Battle River.  At the time of Treaty signing, the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan didn't exist until September 1, 1905.  Therefore, Treaty #6 precedes the provincial land demographics Treaty # 6 territory is located.  Furthermore, Treaty # 6 and the Canadian Indian Act are two different entities.

*** I encourage nation members, relations, friends, etc.. to forward relevant links to assist in this historical reference.

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