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Government of Canada Commemorates the National Historic Significance of Cypress Hills Massacre

On June 1st, 1873, a group of American wolf hunters attacked a Nakoda First Nations camp resulting in the massacre of Elders, warriors, women and children at a place known as Cypress Hills. On Thursday, Dr. Jim Miller, Saskatchewan Member of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC), commemorated the national historic significance of the Cypress Hills Massacreon behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna.

A plaque unveiling ceremony, organized in collaboration with members of the Carry the Kettle Nakoda Nation, was Thursday at the site. The Cypress Hill Massacre remains a pivotal event in Nakoda history and its lands continue to be held sacred by the Nakoda people. The commemoration of this tragic event as a place of national significance will ensure that the Nakoda victims are remembered. Parks Canada is committed to working in partnership with Indigenous peoples to recognize, commemorate and share Indigenous histories.Working together with more than 300 Indigenous communities across Canada, Parks Canada and Indigenous peoples are partners in conserving, restoring, and presenting Canada’s natural and cultural heritage.

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