David Knight ~ Saskatchewan

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David Knight
David Knight

David was born April 10, 1915 in Moose Lake Mountain. He was raised on the John Smith Reserve situated near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. In 1940, David took as his wife,Lillian Umperville.In teh subsequent years, following thier marriage, they reared and raised nine children including seven sons and two daughters.

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To support his growing family David farmed for three years before joining the Armed Forces of Canada with the onset of World War II.

David began his political career shortly after his discharge from the army. In 1947he was elected as Chief of the John Smith Band. David served two terms as Chief, first from 1959 to 1963.

In 1958 he attended a native conference at Fort Qu’Appelle witht the three existing organizations: Union of Saskatchewan Indians, Qu’Appelle Independent Chiefs and the Queen Victoria’s Protective Association. David was elected chairman of the advisory board after the three organizations joined together to form the forerunner of the present day Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations.

In 1959 David attended another conference in which a consultation was developed, ratified and passed. As a direct result of this consultation the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations was recognized as teh formal voice of the Saskatchewan Indians. J B. Tootoosis was elected as the First Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians and David was elected as First Vice President.

In 1961, David was elected as Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians and served in this capacity until August 1964. Inn the ater part of 1964, David began a career with the Department of Indian Affairs. He worked for the department for a period of sixteen years holding various positions.

On July 1, 1967, David was awarded a Centennial Medal in recognition of his valuable contribution to the nation but in particular for his work on behalf of his people.

In January of 1977, David was once more with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians working as an advisor.He was subsequently appointed to the Senate of the restructured Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations.

David and Lillian also invested in a commercial venture – the reserve store and gas station.

David was very active with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations as a Senator, as a board member of the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural College in Saskatoon, as well as belonging to the Indian Veteran’s Association.

David passed away in 1985 and his beloved wife Lillian passed away in 1999.

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