Carry the Kettle First Nation History is one of the most tragic and devastating of any First Nation in Canada. These Nakota People endured two massacres from White Wolvers, one in the Sweetgrass Hills in Montana and one in the Cypress Hills in Canada. They experienced several waves of deadly diseases reducing their population to a small percentage of the previous numbers. They endured the starvation and strife of the destruction of their buffalo herds and other game and finally when they signed Treaty and were allocated a reserve they were thrown off their reserve and forced to march in a trail of tears to an Indian grave yard in a stark prairie where they were forced to live. Then, when one of their Chiefs died the Government took half their remaining lands away and sold it to settlers. Then they suffered the permit system and the residential school system and many other atrocities. It is a tribute to their character and determination that they have survived these events and now with the new Constitutional Rights, land claims and now a new agreement with TCFPL the First Nation is about to enter into a new era. This era will help them heal and grow with new recreational facilities, an Elder’s Lodge and emergency services facilities. This combined with their previous land claims and recent successes will provide a much brighter future for this great Nation.
I was fortunate enough to be a part of the negotiations between CTK and TCPL.