The official site of the Papaschase Band #136. 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.
It was not the Band’s intention to take the case to the Supreme Court; it was Canada’s lawyers from the Justice Department who appealed the case to Ottawa. The case was heading to trial and we felt we had the stronger case and should have won. It was a disappointing decision from the Supreme Court judges and it stopped us for awhile.
Since then we have been licking our wounds and recovering but we are regaining strength.
“We are not done”
Thank you for visiting our site and hope you join us again soon.
Chief Calvin Bruneau