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“What was taken, must be returned.” … Ote Nikan

Official Papaschase First Nation Chief & Council

Left: Councilor Ezra Bergsma, Councilor Shiela Desjarlais, Chief Calvin Bruneau, Councilor Joyce Bruneau, Councilor Murray Mackinnon, Councilor Dan Deschamps and Councilor Cindy Paul.



Papaschase First Nation, 890-4445 Calgary Trail NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5W6

A Brief History of the Papaschase Band – as recorded in the Papaschase First Nation Statement of Claim.


Tawow, welcome to the official site of the Papaschase Band.

The band is regrouping after being scattered for so many years since the illegal surrender of their reserve and forced transfer to other bands. This work has begun in earnest with the first election in 1999 of Chief and council to provide representation on behalf of all descendants. Since then the Chief and council have filed a civil lawsuit against the Federal Government of Canada on behalf of all descendants over the alleged illegal surrender of reserve land that was located in the present boundaries of south Edmonton.

The Chief and council’s mandate is to govern the Papaschase descendants affairs, to defend and advance their treaty rights and legitimate interests of the Papaschase Descendants, and to take all necessary steps to obtain a just settlement of the unlawful surrender of Papaschase IR 136 in 1888. Many descendants have come forward to join our cause but we continue to search for the lost members who have been scattered to the four winds and call them home. Thank you for visiting our site and hope you join us again soon.



Edmonton gas station milestone venture for Papaschase First Nation

“A true sovereign nation is a self-sufficient nation. That’s what I’m aiming for here. We want to prove to people that we can look after ourselves,” Chief Bruneau

Papaschase First Nation opens gas station in Edmonton. For the first time, a First Nation is now running a gas station inside Edmonton city limits.

Art, including jewelry and dream catchers, and food like bannock will soon be for sale.

For more information visit website:  “Oti Nikan Papaschase Petro Can”


Signing the new Oti Nikan Papaschase Petro Can – 2019

What was stolen must be returned...

“In the future when my grandchildren inquire about the reserve you may turn it over to them. That is how I want to  leave it for them.”
Chief Papaschase (also known as Passpasschase, Papastew, Pahpastayo, and John Gladieu-Quinn) August 21, 1877,