Friday, 28 July 1871
The next day, Ay-ee-ta-pe-pe-tung [One who speaks the truth] (A Spiritual Leader west side of Lake Manitoba – He may have been from Crane River … he says in the Treaty 1 proceedings that he comes from the third campfire beyond the White Mud River or something like that. His name once was found on the Crane River Treaty list) announced that he could “scarcely hear the Queen’s words,” and that the impediment to his hearing was the imprisonment of four Indians for breach of contract of service with the Hudson’s Bay Company. Certainly, the release of the prisoners by Archibald as an act of clemency improved his hearing, but it did not remove the “darkness” concerning the future.
The various chiefs and representatives of the bands were present, and the Commissioner asked them whether they would accept the principle of a treaty along the lines of those in Ontario, including a perpetual annuity and Indian selection of the reserved farming lands.
Waabishki Mazinazoot Mishtaatim
White Spotted HorseKeeper of the Circles/Life Long Learning Lodge
First Nations Treaty 2 Territory (FNT2T)