“While visiting the youth camp at Sturgeon Lake, Robert Ermine had explained the sweat lodge to us and its role in the lives of the people.”
“We visited the graves of many of our relatives but most poignant was the site of William Twatt‘s final resting place. “
“We arrived at Harold’s late parents, Hannah and William Kingfisher’s home. Hannah was William Twatt’s grand-daughter. “
“Thus began an extraordinary journey – the journey to meet my Cree relations, eighth cousins. “
William Twatt was one of nine chiefs who met the Queen’s Commissioner at Fort Carlton in August, 1876 to negotiate Treaty Six in order to preserve their way of life and culture while facing starvation and possible massacre at the hands of the settlers.
By 1804 the Twatt Mortification School was built and in use. As requested, it was built in the township of Kirbister, part of Sir William Honyman’s Graemsay Estate.
“On 26th September 1801 Magnus was sent by William Tomison from Cumberland House to Carrot River with John Brough and a party of natives with the object of intercepting the trade established by the Canadian traders in that neighbourhood.”
“In May, 1782 Magnus is again mentioned in the Cumberland House records as having been off hunting, returning with 28 geese.”
“In September the same year Magnus hurt his ankle which became much swelled but was sent to set up a settlement in order to hunt food for Cumberland House. There he also carried out general carpenter’s work.”
“In 1771 Magnus entered the service of the Hudson’s Bay Company as a labourer and remained with the company for thirty years. At this time two thirds of the workforce of the company were Orkney men and I’m sure he would have known several men who had already signed up. “