Metis Want Heritage Designation For Old Settlement

Friday, July 10, 2009 at 13:57



A Metis man is calling for a section of land near Emma Lake to be declared a heritage site.


Bryan Lee says he and some former residents of Fish Lake want it to be acknowledged by the provincial government.


This weekend, the families and local community are gathering at the lake in a celebration of the past.


Lee explains it was back in the 1930s the lake was home to 12 homesteads.


Most of the families have since moved off, but the structures still remain.


Lee wants the area to be properly recognized.


The Metis originally from the area want the government to designate the lake under the name “Fish Lake”.


They say it is sometimes called “Ross Lake” now, which is something the original residents never did.


Lee says the public is invited out on Saturday for a time of reflection and festivities.


A documentary about one of the lake’s most famous residents, Reverend James Settee, will also be shown.