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APTN Investigates: Cows and Plows in Treaty 8

Rob Smith
APTN Investigates
Canada has made good on a hundred-year-old promise to Treaty 8 First Nations.

But in doing so has created strife within the communities.

It’s a lucrative deal and people in the communities have disagreed on how to spend it.

When Treaty 8 was signed by First Nations in 1899, Canada committed to a number of promises in exchange for the land.

For the most part, one of those promises was never honoured.

Now after three decades of hard negotiation, the federal government is making things right.

Officially it’s called the Agricultural Benefits Agreement – but it’s better known as Cows and Plows.

That’s because what Canada failed to provide was a basic single family farm starter kit to any First Nation that wanted to trade life on the land for a life of farming.



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5 Responses to “APTN Investigates: Cows and Plows in Treaty 8”

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    Dorothy McLean June 5, 2018 at 3:00 am #

    you are right when you say it caused strife, because the lawyer we had, was apparently very smart, cause between them and the chief they kept 10% of our money, and we cant find the children’s trust fund,,

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    Lc June 1, 2018 at 3:23 am #

    Chris Devlin says first nations lived very well from trapping..chris .devlin needs t do proper research before talking about how fn lived…fn did not live well from trapping at all… Sure trapping sustained fn ppl but… very well…far from it… fn ppl had t build cabins f winter months n sum along Alaska hwy moved into used army buildings…so get your facts straight…fn ppl suffered a lot t survive… where were the Fed govt at the time.

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    Bryce May 31, 2018 at 12:40 am #

    Does the cows and plows settlement only include treaty 8 or are other treaties included in this settlement ?

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    Sheldon May 30, 2018 at 8:41 pm #

    This is a very common concern in regards to the current elected leadership of TallCree First Nation located in Northern Alberta. I.R 171, 172 and 173. Zero consultation with membership and Zero transparency in the decision making process of how the Agricultural Benefits Agreement is governed locally.

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      loraine June 4, 2018 at 2:09 am #

      when researching actual registered farmers in tallcree only 2 names came up. they were john auger , George alook.