I went home recently to attend the annual Treaty day events. Having lived most of my life in and around my ancestral First Nation of Tootinaowaziibeeng, I’m familiar with a basic knowledge of the area. I took a ride just west of the reserve boundary and noticed a Honour Rock for the defunct village of Shortdale, MB. I went to read it and found that not only did it not mention any First Nations people, there is no mention of Tootinaowaziibeeng at all.
I have memories of Shortdale as a little girl going there as an outlet for goods and services. My mother who was born in 1933 seen the best days of Shortdale and it was a hub not only for the local settlers, including the Metis, but also for the First Nations. She told me that her parents would get a “Purchase Order” (PO) from the Indian Agent for the sale of their cattle and that PO was only accepted at the general store in Shortdale. It was an active little place (Checkout the added website [below] that describes the services located in Shortdale). People from Tootinaowaziibeeng were highly active in the development and growth of Shortdale.
So how is it that the people of Tootinaowaziibeeng who were a significant partner in the development of Shortdale, not mentioned in the scripture of the Honour Rock and why hasn’t this been addressed when it first went up? What should happen now that its exposed in this blog? Recommendations?
Story by: Betty Lynxleg
Check out this website about Shortdale:
Last modified: August 6, 2019