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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Keeshkeemaquah Reserve Monuments (Crescent Road W, Portage la Prairie)

Three stone monuments on the Keeshkeemaquah Reserve on the west side of Portage la Prairie commemorate the history of the Long Plain people.

One monument marks the decision on 1 May 1981 by the Long Plain First Nation to take 45 acres at this site as its Treaty Land Entitlement. The transfer was approved by the Governor General-in-Council on 14 August 1981 and the land was named Keeshkeemaquah Reserve in honour of Chief Short Bear (Ogemah Keeshkeemaquah, 1859-1916), the last hereditary chief who led his people for 40 years. A second monument commemorates Treaty One in which the Long Plain First Nation is situated. A third monument commemorates Short Bear (Ogemah Keeshkeemaquah).

Keeshkeemaquah Reserve monument

Keeshkeemaquah Reserve monument (July 2020)
Source: George Penner

Treaty One monument

Treaty One monument (July 2020)
Source: George Penner

Keeshkeemaquah monument

Keeshkeemaquah monument (July 2020)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.96119, W98.32219
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Short Bear [Ogemah Keeshkeemaquah] (1859-1916)

Events in Manitoba History: Treaty 1 (August 1871)


This page was prepared by George Penner and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 December 2022

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