Metis of Lake Qu’Appelle Petition of 1875
PAM B1, Lieutenant Governor’s Collection, File 920, Petition to the North West Council fro the Metis of La!e "u’A##elle, Fe$ruar% 2, 1&'()*o the e$ers of the North West Council Fe$ruar% 2, 1&'()GentleenWe the Metis of Lac "u’A##elle asse$le+, as ell as an% Cree an+ -aulteau. /n+ian chiefs, e su$it an+ as! that %ou ta!e into consi+eration the folloin +ean+s !ee#in in in+ the las that ill #lease our ise en’ an+ that this ill $e reviee+ ith our interests an+ that of the /n+ians in in+)naniousl% e as! that it $e #rohi$ite+ to live inters on the #rairies) B% #rairies e ean the #laces here the anials live an+ there are no +efinite esta$lishents) *here are hoever settleents u# to the sall for!
an+ the anials never o $e%on+ that liit, an+ u# to the liits here the issions an+ forts are esta$lishe+) *he oal of this +ean+ is to leave the anials alone to #reserve the an+ to fin+ other eans to su$sist) We nee+ to have the a$ilit% to fulfill our +ut% toar+s Go+ $% sta%in at least for the inter onths close to our issions an+ also to esta$lish ourselves an+ to cultivate the earth hich to us at this ver% oent is necessar% to live) We also nee+ to e+ucate ourselves an+ our chil+ren to for a nation orth% of 3the no$le e.istence4 5Go+6 on hich e +e#en+)7ven thouh it is #eritte+ to o huntin onl% after e have soe+ our lan+ that is, not $efore the tenth of 8une an+ to a!e one or to tri#s +urin that tie of %ear an+ u# to the en+ of Nove$er) We oul+ li!e hoever to $e a$le to a!e a uic! tri# over the inter :ust in case the anials are ettin too close to the settleents that is, in case the% a##ear to $e three +a%s aa% fro the) B% settleent here, the% are referrin to the sall for!)We reuest that all #eo#le livin on these lan+s +urin the inter onths $e o$lie+ to coe $ac! ith the hunters after the first hunt of the s#rin season) We as! that the Aericans $e #rohi$ite+ fro huntin +urin the inter onths on this territor% as the% oul+ hin+er the anials) We as! that there $e a heft% fine or severe #unishent aainst those ho $ein to hunt to set fires fro 8une until the inter onths) *hese fires +estro%) We as! that the overnent furnish /n+ians fro the $einnin of s#rin hat is necessar% for the to cultivate an+ so the lan+) Without this, the% oul+ not $e a$le to esta$lish theselves on their reserve) /t oul+ $e too +ifficult for the to live if e #revente+ the fro livin on the #rairie +urin the inter onths) ;ur re#resentatives
*he Little For! is here the outflo fro Last Mountain La!e 5Lon La!e6 est 5u#strea6 of Fort "u’A##elle :oins the "u’A##elle <iver)