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Beaver Nation

Who knew that a whole bunch of beavers set up their own government and country! No just kidding, we’re actually talking about a First Nations people. The Beaver Indians are also known as Tsattine, the "dwellers among the beavers." Cousins to the Slavey, Chipewyan and Sarcee, who all speak similar, Athapaskan-rooted languages, the Beavers originally inhabited a huge territory between the present-day Alberta – Saskatchewan border and the Peace River. However, the Cree drove them west, aided by the firearms that the Europeans brought to the new world. Subsequently, the Beaver peoples hunted game (moose being an important part of the diet) throughout the Peace River country, extending as far as the Rocky Mountains. They were known as exceptional hunters and, although they had a reputation as being a peaceful people, were not lacking in skill when war became necessary. The Beaver peoples, their numbers weakened by disease and starvation, were the last band to sign Treaty 8 in May, 1900.

Commemorative Plaque

Commemorative Plaque

Fur trade scene

Fur trade scene

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