Pending land transfer a step toward reconciliation for the Enoch Cree Nation

Enoch Cree Nation Chief, Billy Morin

"The cemetery, where ground-penetrating radar surveys have shown includes 80 sites, has the graves of Enoch Cree Nation's first leaders, including Lazarus Lapotac, Enoch Lapotac, and Tommy Lapotac"

 

The Alberta government says it’s approved transferring land that holds a historic cemetery to the Enoch Cree Nation.

The land, now flanking Anthony Henday Drive, was part of Enoch Cree Nation reserve land until the federal government encouraged its surrender in 1908.

In 2021, Enoch Cree Nation Chief Billy Morin pitched the idea to the City of Edmonton and the Alberta government of transferring the land as an act of reconciliation.

 

Alberta's Indigenous Relations Minister Rick Wilson said the land should have been reserve land.

 

According to the government of Alberta, the land transfer has been approved; however, the full transfer of ownership will take a few months to complete. "Surrounding lands will continue to be publicly owned and used for current and future pipeline development without harm to the historic cemetery"

 

 

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