Q: What is the difference between Peguis Treaty Land Entitlement Trust and Peguis Surrender Claim Trust?
A: Peguis Treaty Land Entitlement is fundamentally different from Peguis Surrender Claim Trust. In a nutshell, Peguis TLE is about lands owed to Peguis under the terms of Treaty 1 entered into by the First Nation in 1871. In 2008, the federal government finally came to terms with Peguis on the amount of lands (and monies to enable land purchases) owed to our community. The compensation paid to Peguis was paid into a trust called the Peguis Treaty Land Entitlement Trust. The Surrender Claim Trust is a trust set up in 2008 to hold the compensation paid to our community for the wrongful taking – or “illegal surrender” - of our lands at St. Peter’s reserve. Canada agreed to compensate Peguis for this wrong and the monies were put into a trust called the Peguis Surrender Claim Trust. For information about the Peguis Surrender Claim Trust go here.
By TLE Trust staff
Peguis TLE Trust sponsored and presented awards to grade 12 graduates who excelled in the “most improved” and “highest academic” categories at the graduation held June 26, 2020 at the Peguis Arena Complex. The awards were presented to:
Shayla Spence-Thomas – Highest Academic - Parents Anita Spence & Eric Thomas
Ayden Sutherland – Highest Academic - Parents Jen & Winston Sutherland
Chanelle Meldrum – Most Improved – Parents Darcy Thomas & Jason Meldrum, also raised up with Papa & Nana – Robert and Late Lorraine Thomas
Darian Sutherland – Most Improved – Parents Sherry & Tony Sutherland
Presenting the awards, PEguis TLE Trust administrator, Fern Sinclair, said the Trustees wish to acknowledge the PCS Class of 2020 Graduates, and to wish them all the best in their passage to opening yet another door into your life journeys. “The careers each of you choose, do it proudly and with trustworthiness. The TLE and Surrender Trusts will always need Trustees. One of you can be the next future Trustee.”
“It is with great pride that we proudly fund the TLE Awards for the Grade 12 Peguis Band Members. We wish all the Graduating Class of 2020 the best in your future achievements and dreams.”
The Peguis TLE Trust Community Fund Trustees are: Lloyd Sinclair - Chair, Ralph Sutherland, Freda & Barry Bear