Okanese First Nation

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Okanee First Nation in Saskatchewan

The Okanese First Nation is a Cree-Saulteaux First Nation band government in Balcarres, Saskatchewan, Canada.[1][2][3]

The Okanese First Nation was a signatory to Treaty number four.[3] It is named after a leader named Okanis, who signed the treaty on their behalf, on September 9, 1875.[1] The Nation's population was 104 in 1879. 225 of the 459 members lived on the Nation's Reserve in 1999.

In June 2008 Canwest reported Marie-Anne Day Walker-Pelletier the Chief of the Okanese since 1981, was the longest-serving female Chief in Saskatchewan.[4]

Comedian and playwright Dawn Dumont was born and raised on the Okanese First Nation. She depicts elements of life on the reserve in her books Nobody Cries at Bingo (2011) and Rose's Run (2014).[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Okanese First Nation". Saskatchewan First Nations. Archived from the original on 2009-12-02. This reserve was named after its first Chief, Okanis, who signed an adhesion to treaty four on September 9, 1875. The Okanese band settled in the File Hills area along with Peepeekisis, Little Black Bear and Starblanket.
  2. ^ "Saskatchewan Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE) Fact Sheet". Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. 2009-03-30. Archived from the original on 2009-12-02.
  3. ^ a b "First Nations Communities and Treaty Boundaries in Saskatchewan". Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. 2009-03-30. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-12-02.
  4. ^ "Sask. women are leaders". Canwest. 2008-06-18. Archived from the original on 2009-12-03. Marie-Anne Day Walker-Pelletier from the Okanese First Nation is the longest-serving female chief in Saskatchewan, having first taken office in 1981.
  5. ^ "Authors: Dawn Dumont". Thistledown Press. Retrieved 14 June 2015.

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Coordinates: 50°55′38″N 103°22′00″W / 50.92722°N 103.36667°W / 50.92722; -103.36667