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Historical Timeline

FISHER RIVER CREE NATION HISTORICAL TIMELINE (Selected)

1837

Norway House established as Hudson Bay Company Administrative Centre

1840

Methodist Mission established in Norway House

1840-1877

Sandy Bar Cree/Saulteaux community established at Sandy Bar/Grassy Narrows

1869

Hudson Bay Company transfer of Rupert’s Land to the Crown

1870 +

Decline of the fur Trade

June 1874

Chief David Rundle petitions for Treaty and to relocate to farm land

December 1874

NWT Council resolution supporting removal to Grassy Narrows, sent to Ottawa

February 1875

Chief David Rundle petitions to relocate to Grassy Narrows/Sandy Bar to farm

14 May 1875

Minister of Interior approves relocation to Grassy Narrows

June 1875

20 Norway House families relocated to Grassy Narrows/Sandy Bar

5 August 1875

Icelandic delegation made official request for land of Grassy Narrows/Sandy Bar

6 August 1875

Peter Badger delegation met with Lieutenant Gov. Morris and told “No”

6 August 1875

Peter Badger delegation met with Lieutenant Gov. Morris and told “No”

24 September 1875

Treaty 5 Negotiations: Sandy Bar Band (now Fisher River) selected for relocation by Government

1877

Sandy Bar Band wiped out by smallpox

Fall 1877

Norway House Cree (remaining Sandy Bar Band) relocated to Fisher River

1878

Survey of Fisher River Indian Reserve and first Treaty Annuity Pay List

1881

Norway House and Fisher River divided into two Bands

1908

Treaty 5 Adhesion