Carry the Kettle Elder to receive Order of Merit.
Each year the province of Saskatchewan hands out Order of Merit Order of Merit
Brit an order awarded for outstanding achievement in any field Awards to outstanding members of the community.
This year's recipients have been announced and among them is Cora Thomson, a resident of Carry the Kettle kettle, oval depression found in glacial moraines, which are landforms made up of rock debris. When a glacier melts and draws away from an area, a block of ice may break off and be covered by earth and rock. First Nation.
The award, established 22 years ago in 1985, is intended to recognize the contributions made by recipients to the social, economic and cultural well being of their communities.
It is called the province's highest award of merit.
Thomson said she was very surprised but felt honored when she heard she was to receive the award.
Throughout her life she has worked tirelessly tire·less
Not yielding to fatigue; untiring or indefatigable.
tireless·ly adv. within her community in several capacities, and has been a positive role model for many.
"I was a councillor for two years for two different times, and I sat on a lot of boards, hospital boards for two different hospitals, also the education board. I was involved with the powwows. I sort of got it started back in the 80s when I was president [of the band powwow powwow
American Indian ceremony or gathering of various kinds. Powwows originally were healing ceremonies, but the word could also refer to exuberant celebrations, with dancing and singing, of success in hunting or victory in battle. committee] for approximately four years, and before that I was treasurer for, you know, small powwows. But this powwow that I was trying for, I was trying for it to be what it is today. And there was a lot of other work that I volunteered to do, like the sewing clubs and the women's clubs women's clubs, groups that offer social, recreational, and cultural activities for adult females. Particularly strong in the United States, they became an important part of American town and village life in the latter part of the 19th cent. . Oh, I can't remember it all," said Thomson.
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A Tribal Council Police Service Board, Thomson said she has seen her community go through many hard times.
She is currently an executive member of the Montmartre Royal Canadian Legion The Royal Canadian Legion is a non-profit Canadian ex-service organization (veterans organization) founded in 1925, with more than 400,000 members worldwide. Membership includes people who have served as current and former military, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, provincial and .
The wife of a veteran, she is a strong supporter of the Saskatchewan First Nations' Veterans Association and is a member of the Ladies Legion Auxiliary.
"I'm a person that can't sit still. I've got to be doing things. You know, I just enjoy working, even farming and just all kinds of work," said Thomson.
Though she lived her life helping her community, Thomson doesn't see herself as a leader.
"You see at the time, I didn't think of anything, I just did what I had to do, and I enjoyed the work and just was glad to help the community," she said.
Her love of farming led her to become partner in the mixed farming mixed farming
The use of a single farm for multiple purposes, as the growing of cash crops or the raising of livestock.
Noun operation in the area, and this eventually led her to become one of the first trustees for the Carry the Kettle First Nation Treaty Land Entitlement process.
Through this she helped in obtaining agricultural land for her community that now creates revenue of about $600,000 annually.
Though the date on which Thompson will be presented with her Saskatchewan Order of Merit has not yet been announced, Thomson said she will be attending the event with her family.
By Gauri Chopra
Sage Staff Writer
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