Saskatchewan Bands Protest Against Ceremony Prohibition


Several communities created petitions of complaint that were sent to Indian Affairs against the prohibition on ceremonial gatherings, arguing that other groups had received permission to hold these events.

This highlights the unequal application of laws prohibiting participation in ceremonies, as well as acts of resistance undertaken to counter these policies.The prohibition of participating in ceremonies was used as a way to assimilate Indigenous peoples. The Canadian Government also feared that the congregation at ceremonial gatherings would result in circumstances similar to the North-West Resistance; By banning participation in them the government could have greater control over the movements of Indigenous populations.