Beardys Treaty Medallions
After 144 years, Beardy’s and Okemasis Cree Nation (BOCN) received re-cast Treaty medals. On August 28, a Treaty Medal Repatriation ceremony was held in Titanic, Sask., which was the original Chief Beardy’s campsite and also where he signed Treaty 6. The original Treaty medals were confiscated by General Frederick Middleton at the end of the Riel Resistance in 1885. Two Treaty medals that belonged to Chief Beardy and Chief Cutnose were returned at the ceremony. The chiefs received these medals when they entered into Treaty 6 with the government of Canada in 1876. Treaty Commission Mary Culbertson and Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor Russ Mirasty presented the Treaty medals to BOCN Chief Edwin Ananas on behalf of the original chief.