Bella’s story about Treaty 6 and life on the reserve | CBC Kids News
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Bella’s story about Treaty 6 and life on the reserve | CBC Kids News

November 25, 2019


I’m Bella Morrisseau
Whiskeyjack. I am one of many strong and
proud members of Saddle Lake Cree Nation who have walked these lands
for thousands of years. I’ll not allow my people,
and the problems they face, to be ignored any longer. ♪ ♪ It’s about a girl in 1876 that experienced all of this
stuff part of Treaty 6, and is telling everybody
what happened back then. ♪ ♪ I like to say it’s an agreement
between the First Nations and the Canadian government. They’re moved to a reserve, which is a smaller
piece of land. They were forced there
because if they didn’t go, they would have
been badly hurt. Of course the treaties
were not well understood by the First Nations people as
they were written in English. ♪ ♪ In my house there
is a lot of bugs, and I don’t
really like them because they’re
long bugs, scary bugs. The conditions
I experience in Saddle Lake is what a lot of First Nations
families go through. ♪ ♪ The kids don’t
really know about that. I told them so they can
know what happened there. I also told everyone
else because– see if they can help me change this. Other First Nations children
are not as lucky as me. I told everybody
what it’s like, and now people know
that it’s not right because I told–
I told them here that children
shouldn’t have– have that kind of stuff. ♪ ♪ When my name was called,
I was like, I give them my papa
a huge hug. I was very excited, and happy,
and proud for myself because I know
I did something amazing. ♪ ♪

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