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A Snapshot of Cowessess History

Welcome to Cowessess First Nation

Founding story

Chief Cowessess (Ka-wezauce, “Little Boy”) adhered to Treaty 4 on September 15, 1874, on the Hudson’s Bay Company reserve, at the southeastern end of Echo Lake, with his SaulteauxCree, and Métis followers. They remained nomadic until 1878–79, when they began farming near Maple Creek in the Cypress Hills, and in 1880 a reserve was surveyed for them at Crooked Lake.

1850’s-1900’s

While several band members settled there under O’Soup, Cowessess and his followers remained in the Hills until the spring of 1883. Education was always a priority: the first log school house was built in 1880 by the Oblate fathers; Cowessess Indian residential school opened in 1898; and Lakeside Day School was built in 1934.

1900’s-1950’s

The Roman Catholic Mission was called Crooked Lake Mission until the community was granted a post office under the name Marieval in 1908. The 21,488-ha Cowessess Reserve is 13 km northwest of Broadview, and an additional 257.1-ha reserve (73A) is situated 31 km west of Esterhazy. There are 3,266 band members, 597 of whom live on reserve.

1950’s-2000’s

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Today

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Meet Our Governance

Office of the Chief

Cadmus Delorme

Cadmus Delorme

Chief of Cowessess First Nation

Chief and Council of Cowessess First Nation strives to enhance the quality of life of all members of the Cowessess First Nation through the protection and enhancement of Treaty Rights and the provision of effective services through the development and implementation of existing and new programs.

Council

Pat Sparvier

Pat Sparvier

Portfolios

Administration
Finance

Jonathan Z. Lerat

Jonathan Z. Lerat

Portfolios

Decolonization
Housing Regime, Housing Policy

Curtis Lerat

Curtis Lerat

Portfolios

Little Child Community Development
Painted Hand CDC

Malcolm Delorme

Malcolm Delorme

Portfolios

Treaty Land Entitlement
Community Planning