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Federal government moving to exonerate First Nations chief convicted of treason – The Globe and Mail

by ahnationtalk on January 10, 201867 Views

The federal government is preparing to exonerate a legendary First Nations chief who was convicted of treason in 1885 after being wrongly accused of provoking a bloody battle with soldiers of the young country of Canada.

Poundmaker is not as famous as Métis leader Louis Riel, who was his contemporary. Unlike Riel, he was not hanged for his alleged crimes. But restoring his honour has been a long-standing crusade for some members of the Saskatchewan First Nation that bears his name.

Now, the Liberal government in Ottawa says it is ready to correct the history books and remove the criminal charge that has darkened Poundmaker’s legacy.

“The government of Canada is now in a position to move forward with Poundmaker Cree Nation to develop a joint statement of exoneration for Chief Poundmaker,” the office of Carolyn Bennett, the Minister for Crown-Indigenous Relations, said in an e-mail on Tuesday.

Read More: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/federal-government-moving-to-exonerate-first-nations-chief-convicted-of-treason/article37546796/

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