The Meadows Community League acknowledges that we live and work on the traditional lands of Treaty Six Territory of the Papaschase Cree First Nation, Metis Nation Regional Zone 4. This land has served as a traditional meeting ground for many First Nations groups. This territory has provided a traveling route and home to the Nakoda Sioux, and later, Blackfoot and Cree peoples, followed by Saulteaux and Métis and other Indigenous peoples. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people who have called this area home since time immemorial.
Papaschase Cree First Nation – Visit here
Metis Nation Regional Zone 4 – Visit here
amiskwacîwâskahikan (ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ), meaning “beaver hills house,” is the nehiyawewin itwewin (Cree word) for Edmonton
The Meadows Community resides in Ward Sspomitapi
(Pronunciation: SS-POH-ME-TAH-PEE) Listen here https://youtu.be/cmUhuqbGIJY
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Indigenous language of origin: Blackfoot
Name Meaning: Sspomitapi means star person and was given in honour of the Iron Creek Meteorite or the Manitou Stone.
Like other Indigenous nations, the Blackfoot have many stories that acknowledge the sky and the stars, often referred to as Sky Beings. In relation to the name of Sspomitapi (Star Person), they were sent to earth by Napi (Creator) to help the Blackfoot people and the bison to have a reciprocal relationship.
Sspomitapi was given in honour of the Iron Creek Meteorite or the Manitou Stone once located near Viking, Alberta. The stone was shared by all tribes and was a place the Blackfoot would travel to and perform ceremony. The stone was taken to Ontario in the 1800s by missionaries, but was returned to Alberta in the 1970s and is now in the Royal Alberta Museum.
As well as Sspomitapi, the teachings of this fallen star have given gifts to the Blackfoot people that are still relevant.
Ward Map Here