Saskatchewan - North West

CCF Social Programing and Erosion of Traditional Life in Northern Saskatchewan

The establishment of a government presence in Northern Saskatchewan began a process of cultural and environmental erosion in the region, executed through the implementation of 'social programming' in the area. Social programming happened in two distinct streams. First was through the implementation of the Family Allowance. According to Gwen Beck “...gradually the Family Allowance was the biggest drawing card for keeping families in. But it did split up... the women had to stay behind or they had to find homes.


Chakastaypasin Band refers to the people who signed Treaty 6 with Chief Chakastaypasin in 1876 and were the owners of IR 98 on the south branch of the Saskatchewan River, approximately 50 kilometers west of IR 100A. The Band was scattered following the 1885 North-West Rebellion, its members dispersed to other reserves and the Chakastaypasin paylist discontinued in 1889. Most Chakastaypasin members moved to Cumberland IR 100A, where they were known as either the Chakastaypasin Band or Big Head’s Band until 1896.