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Métis seek heritage title for Fish Lake

Métis seek heritage title for Fish Lake

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A newspaper article about the Fish Lake Metis Settlement.
A newspaper article about the Fish Lake Metis Settlement.

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Published by: Lawrence J. Barkwell on Nov 27, 2013
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Fish Lake Metis Settlement
Métis seek heritage title for former homesteads
By Angela Hill,
Prince Albert Daily Herald
 July 13, 2009
Hiking through the bush is one of the things that makes Bryan ee ha!!iest"
Bryan Lee leans on a sign near Ross Lake. Lee is one of many trying to have the Métis settlement site designated as a heritage area. One of the stes is having the lake renamed !ish Lake. Herald hoto by Angela Hill
Hiking through the bush is one of the things that makes Bryan Lee happiest."I love the trails. I love hiking. That's one of my real passions - hiking,  backpacking," sai Lee.!o, it asn't surprising to anyone at a #etis reunion !aturay that the event kicke off ith a hike to a recently recovere natural spring an ol homestea sites.Lee is calling for this section of lan near $mma Lake to be eclare a  provincial heritage site.The point of the reunion as to bring people back to the site here they once live to learn more about the area an the community, sai Lee.
 
!teve !ettee - son of %ev. &ames !ettee, the area's most famous resient - came from $monton to see the place here he spent his chilhoo."It's uite beautiful out here. Hopefully, it stays the same, they on't log anything out or have anyone move in," sai !ettee.Back in the ()*+s, the lake as home to ( #etis homesteas after several families ere relocate out of rince lbert /ational ark in the ()+s. It is likely the provincial government thought they shoul give the relocate #0tis  people a place to settle, sai Lee. /o the #etis Local (+1, 2hristopher Lake is orking toar heritage site esignation."If e ere charge ith the responsibility 3for looking after the area4, hich e hope e are ... e ant to preserve the lake 5ust the ay it is," Lee sai.Last year, the group file an archeological resource report, hich brings the former #etis community to the government's attention. full archeological survey as recently complete. n archeologist as on site to photograph, catalogue an log the location of the home sites.The area, currently name %oss Lake, falls into the rural municipality of aockoo, hich has given the group its full support in obtaining heritage status, accoring to Lee.The lake's name as change to %oss Lake in the ()1+s, but Lee sai the #0tis ere not consulte an the official name of 6ish Lake as overlooke.The #etis /ation of !askatchean has sent Lee a letter saying they fully support the group's attempts to have the lake rename to 6ish Lake.Lee sai the #etis local ants the area to be calle the Historical #etis 2ommunity of 6ish Lake because %oss, ho the lake as name after, ha nothing to o ith the #etis community.

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