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Vindication for our ancestors’: Sask. First Nation reclaims original name – CBC

by ahnationtalk on September 25, 201987 Views

The Sakimay First Nation will again be known as Zagime Anishinabek

Sep 25, 2019

It’s an error that took more than a century to correct.

The Sakimay First Nation near Grenfell, Sask., will again be known as Zagime Anishinabek.

Zagime, which means “mosquito” in the Anishinabe language, is the community’s original name, Chief Lynn Acoose said. “Sakimay” is the word erroneously applied to the band by federal officials following the treaty signing in the 1880s.

Acoose and her council began the process to change the name two years ago. They consulted elders and linguists, hosted a traditional ceremony and then voted to make the change.

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