|Dakota Stories: From Manitoba & Beyond
In 2018 Leona Devuyst of the Boundary Trail Heritage Region, and Ken Storie from the
Turtle Mountain-Souris Plains Heritage Association met a number of
times with Oswald McKay, an Elder from the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation.
The purpose of these meetings was to supplement research information
about the history of the Dakota people in Manitoba.
Mr. McKay is the son of Eva McKay, now deceased, a respected leader in
her community; a residential school survivor and active presenter at
schools and public functions. The highway that passes through
Sioux Valley is named after Mrs. McKay.
Oswald McKay and his siblings grew up learning about the traditions,
cultural activities and heritage of their people and, for many years,
Oswald has served as a spiritual leader and knowledge keeper.
In collaboration with Mr. McKay, we have used information gleaned from
these past interviews as an inspiration and a foundation for this
We do not intend to cover the scope of the history of the Dakota
People, but rather to present, as the title implies, a series of
“Dakota Stories” that we see as representative of the diverse strands
of the Dakota experience in Manitoba, with some glances at and the
connections beyond Manitoba.
Perhaps it can be best viewed as an introduction to the Dakota Story.
An Arrowsmith Map, first published in 1803, highlighting the
traditional lands of the Dakota People as reported by local historians
of the time.