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Canada Artifacts returned to Sask.'s Cumberland House Cree Nation after decades in B.C.

15:10  17 november  2019
15:10  17 november  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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Cumberland House Cree Nation is a Swampy Cree First Nations band government in Saskatchewan, Canada. Their reserves include: Budd' s Point 20D. Cumberland House Cree Nation 20. Muskeg River 20 C . Pine Bluff 20A. Pine Bluff 20 B . Cumberland Lake Cree Nation .

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a person standing in front of a group of people posing for the camera: Laura Chaboyer, left, and Sharon Leveque with a beaded jacket that has been located in Kelowna for decades. Chaboyer and Leveque met in British Columbia earlier this week so a group from the Cumberland House Cree Nation could repatriate artifacts that have been in the Leveque family for generations. © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Laura Chaboyer, left, and Sharon Leveque with a beaded jacket that has been located in Kelowna for decades. Chaboyer and Leveque met in British Columbia earlier this week so a group from the Cumberland House Cree Nation could repatriate artifacts that have been in the Leveque family for generations. The beadwork on the jacket is spectacular.

Bright oranges and blues adorn its pockets, while its front and base are covered in intricate flowers and vines, assembled with artistry and detail representing centuries of tradition.

Now, after roughly 80 years, the jacket, alongside numerous other artifacts, have been brought home to the Cumberland House Cree Nation after years in the possession of a family in Kelowna, B.C., roughly 1,700 kilometres from the Saskatchewan prairies.

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The acting chief of Cumberland House Cree Nation said the area is saturated with water. Over 2,200 people had to be evacuated from the community in 2013 after flood waters threatened to wash away the highway, the only road into Cumberland House .

Cumberland House was a mansion on the south side of Pall Mall in London, England. It was built in the 1760 s by Matthew Brettingham for Prince Edward The community consists of the Northern Village of Cumberland House with a population of 772 and the adjoining Cumberland House Cree Nation

Laura Chaboyer was one of the people who travelled to Kelowna to repatriate the artifacts, with the trip partially funded by the Metis Nation-Saskatchewan.

She said the trip wasn't about closure, but about connecting with the community's culture.

"It was such an emotional event," Chaboyer said in a phone interview as she was preparing to start the trip back to Saskatoon, which is about 350 kilometres southwest of the reserves that make up Cumberland House Cree Nation.

"We were all in tears when we actually seen the artifacts and seen the jacket — it was a very moving moment for all of us." 

Other artifacts collected by the group included beaded moccasins, gloves and other pieces of Cree art, all of which were turned over the group. They'll find a home in a museum run by the Kwegich Historical Society in the Cumberland House community.

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She hopes the artifacts will help inspire future generations to take on traditional beadwork and embrace Indigenous culture.

"We're connecting with our history. We're connecting with our ancestors and we have tangible items to showcase to our youth," she said. "Hopefully, they will take that and be proud of their history, be proud of their people, and stand up stronger."

The artifacts had been passed down for decades in the family of Kelowna woman Sharon Leveque. It's her understanding the gifts were given to her great-aunt while she was working in the community of Cumberland House as a nurse. Leveque said it's possible the gifts were given to her great-aunt from people she was treating there.

This beaded jacket, which is thought to have been gifted to a nurse who worked in the Cumberland House community decades ago, is now coming back to Saskatchewan. The B.C. family that has been in possession of the jacket, and numerous other artifacts, felt it was important to see the artifacts returned to where they belonged. © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation This beaded jacket, which is thought to have been gifted to a nurse who worked in the Cumberland House community decades ago, is now coming back to Saskatchewan. The B.C. family that has been in possession of the jacket, and numerous other artifacts, felt it was important to see the artifacts returned to where they belonged.

The artifacts would eventually be handed down through the family until they landed with Leveque, who then tried to donate them to Kelowna Museums. That's when Kelowna curator Nikki Bowse helped connect her with those in Cumberland House.

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"It's very hard to describe," Leveque said. "It's very, very emotional. It's absolutely exciting — beyond excited." 

She said it was important for her to ensure the artifacts were returned home, adding the entire situation was overwhelming.

"It's unbelievably heartwarming … to make sure that we have put it where it belongs," she said, strong emotion clear in her voice as she talked about how Bowse helped connect the two communities.

"It's just fabulous."

'A personal history'

Sherry Soll, the Metis Nation-Saskatchewan's minister of heritage and language, said it was important for the community, and the MN-S, to have the artifacts returned.

"It's our culture and it's bringing our own history back to where our people are living," she said.

The organization feels the return of the artifacts also plays an important role in reconciliation, Soll said, and it was a proud moment for both the community of Cumberland House and the Leveque family, which were connected through a piece of history that's still alive in the community today.

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CHCN stands for Cumberland House Cree Nation ( Cumberland House , Saskatchewan, Canada). I tried my hand at that but I couldn't really compare to these really talented kids who are great at guitar and drums and all kinds of instruments," said Andrew Fosseneuve of Cumberland House Cree Nation .

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"We have elders in the community who are very excited about these items being returned, because they remember some of the elders that made some of the items that are being returned," she said.

"So it's a personal history for them, their own life experience being brought home."

a group of people sitting at a table: Officials from Kelowna Museums and the Cumberland House Cree Nation's Kwegich Historical Society sign documents on Nov. 13 that will see the artifacts returned to Saskatchewan. © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Officials from Kelowna Museums and the Cumberland House Cree Nation's Kwegich Historical Society sign documents on Nov. 13 that will see the artifacts returned to Saskatchewan.

All of the artifacts will be on display at the Metis Nation-Saskatchewan fall legislative assembly, which runs in Saskatoon from Nov. 22 to 24 at Prairieland Park. They will eventually be held in a museum in the Cumberland House community. 

Leveque encouraged anyone with pieces of history in their possession to donate the items to a museum, saying there's no telling where a simple donation will lead. 

"Please don't forget. Donate," she said. "So many people want to sell this stuff for thousands of dollars. No. Donate it." 

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