Smudging by burning sage is an ancient healing practice of the Cree and Ojibway peoples of the plains. Sage is often burned to start a ceremony or to mark a significant moment, in this case, the sharing of knowledge and news about our journey at the Peguis Treaty Land Entitlement Trust.
Tawow pihtikweh (Cree), Pintigen (Ojibwe), Welcome.
A: Peguis Treaty Land Entitlement is fundamentally different from Peguis Surrender Claim Trust. In a nutshell, Peguis TLE is about lands owed to Peguis under the terms of Treaty 1 entered into by the First Nation in 1871. In 2008, the federal government finally came to terms with Peguis on the amount of lands (and monies to enable land purchases) owed to our community. The compensation paid to Peguis was paid into a trust called the Peguis Treaty Land Entitlement Trust. The Surrender Claim Trust is a trust set up in 2008 to hold the compensation paid to our community for the wrongful taking – or “illegal surrender” - of our lands at St. Peter’s reserve. Canada agreed to compensate Peguis for this wrong and the monies were put into a trust called the Peguis Surrender Claim Trust. For information about the Peguis Surrender Claim Trust go here.
By TLE Trust staff
PEGUIS, June 23, 2021 - Peguis Central School held its high school graduation ceremonies at the Multiplex arena today. Among the award winners was Jolene Cook who won the “Most Improved” category from the Peguis TLE Trust. She was escorted by her partner Donovan Beulieu.
The School Board and other organizations presented awards with each grad garnering at least one of the numerous cash and certificates presented. TD Wealth was a key sponsor, giving a $500 cheque to each of the grads. At the end of the ceremony, Sherry Sutherland, Executive Director of Peguis School Board, announced that in lieu of a trip that is usually organized throughout the year as a result of year-long fund-raising, each graduate will be receiving a cheque of $1000, to cheers from the audience.