King, Rod

Chief Rod King

SL163037 Rod King was born c.1938, a member of the Lucky Man Cree Nation but grew up on the Little Pine First Nation. His people had been adopted into the band, which for years was known as the Little Pine Lucky Man Band. He was just five years old when the police removed him from his home on the Little Pine First Nation and placed him in the residential school at Onion Lake in 1943.

He joined the Canadian Armed Forces 9 January 1959. He took basic training in Calgary graduating in July 1959, and was posted to the 2nd Battalion, The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada. By the fall he was transferred to the 1st Battalion and posted to Germany with them.

In the 1970s King got a job in the treaty rights and research department in the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians. He was part of the team that was researching treaty land entitlement and how much land was owed to various First Nations.

He began to research the history of the Little Pine Lucky Man Band and discovered Chief Lucky Man had signed Treaty 6 and never received any land. King located 48 band members who lived on Little Pine and other reserves. He called a band meeting and they elected him chief of the revitalized band.

King petitioned all levels of government for a suitable reserve site, and in 1989 – more than 100 years after Lucky Man signed Treaty 6 – the band was awarded the Mayfair provincial pasture, consisting of 12 sections in the Thickwood Hills.

He was Chief of Lucky Man Cree Nation in 1973-1983 and 1996-2004. Rod eventually worked with the Department of Indian Affairs and took an early retirement in 1990.

King died in July 2016.

"In Pace Paratus – In Peace Prepared"