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A peacemaker and a traitor: how Chief Poundmaker will finally have his name cleared – CBC

by ahnationtalk on January 9, 201889 Views

January 09, 2018

More than 100,000 people walking around today owe their lives to one decision, made by an Indigenous chief on a battlefield in 1885.

But that same man has gone down in Canadian history as a convicted traitor, and after a long campaign to exonerate him, the government may be ready to clear his name.

The leader’s name was Pîhtokahanapiwiyin, also known as Chief Poundmaker. He is remembered by his people as a peacemaker, who endured a life of hardship.

“He was a good man, he took care of his people,’ says Blaine Favel, a former chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan and band member from Poundmaker Cree Nation near Cut Knife, Sask.

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