For thousands of years, we relied upon the Buffalo for everything. We used the animal to feed, clothe and shelter ourselves and the people. The File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council chose the buffalo as the central figure because it’s an animal that represents strength and survival.
The calf featured within the larger adult figure symbolizes the energy and spirit of our youth. The hooves that circle the buffalo represent the eleven First Nations that make up the FHQ Tribal Council and our internal focus of standing together in solidarity.
The purpose of the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council is to:
- Protect, Implement and Enforce Inherent Treaty Rights
- Promote Self-Determination
- Assist in the development of productive and safe communities
- Provide technical and advisory services
- Address the common interests of First Nations in an equitable and professional manner while respecting the priorities of culture.
The File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council
FHQTC is the political and service organization for the Qu’Appelle Agency and the File Hills Agency, delivering programs and services to the 11 First Nations in the Treaty Four Territory. The 11 Member Nations are:
File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council, in partnership with the Touchwood Agency Tribal Council, owns and operates a number of subsidiary entities, the TFHQ entities are located in both rural and urban areas and provide programs and services. For a complete list of our entities, please visit out FHQ/TFHQ Entities page.
FHQTC Programs & Services
The following programs and services are provided through the FHQ Tribal Council through our Head Office, located at 740 Sioux Avenue in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan:
A Proud and Vibrant History of the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council
FHQTC is the political and service organization for the Qu’Appelle Agency and the File Hills Agency, delivering programs and services to the 11 First Nations in the Treaty Four Territory.
BackRow, L. to R. – Mrs. North Wind (or Mrs. Keewaydin); Mrs. Squaretoes (or Mrs. Jack Fisher); Mrs. Sitting before the Fire (or Mrs. Miss-ta-tik); Mrs. Buffalo Bow; Mrs. Yellow Belly; Mrs. Buffalo Blanket(or Mrs. Pimotatt); Mrs. Playful Child(or Tuckanow).
Standing Centre – Day Walker.
Front Row, L. to R. – Chief Hawke; Crooked Nose; Chief Star Blanket; Pointed Cap (Cheepoostalin); Buffalo Bow; Sitting before the Fire(MIss-ta- tik); Feather(Me-Kuinness).
Pointed Cap was 107 years of age when this photo taken.
File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council Timeline
- 1874– Treaty 4 was signed September 15, 1874 in the area now known as Fort Qu’Appelle.
- 1880’s– Bands along the Qu’Appelle Valley formed the Allied Bands to maintain Indian nationhood and sovereignty, and to pressure Her Majesty to fulfill Treaty Obligations
- 1930’s– The bands reorganized to become the Protective Association for Indians and their Treaties. They expanded their focus to protect Treaty rights, Indian lands and resources, and socio-economic development.
- 1959– The Allied Bands partnered with the Association of Saskatchewan Indians to create the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians.
- 1970– Sixteen bands from the Touchwood, File Hills and Qu’Appelle Agencies amalgamated to form the Touchwood File Hills Qu’Appelle (TFHQ) District Chiefs Council. Their purpose was to consult Indian leaders on policies and program issues..
- 1983– TFHQ District Chiefs Council became a non-profit corporation and moved into service and program delivery, and administration.
- The TFHQ District Chiefs Council formally changed it’s name to Touchwood File Hills Qu’Appelle (TFHQ) Tribal Council.
- Silver Sage Housing Corporation is Incorporated.
- TFHQ Safe Shelter’s formed.
- 1994– Regina Treaty/Status Indian Services is formed to meet the needs of our urban citizens.
- 1999– TFHQ Tribal Council reorganized and restructured to create two separate tribal councils – the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council and the Touchwood Agency Tribal Council.
- 2000– FHQ Tribal Council hosted the official grand opening of the Treaty Four Governance Centre during the Treaty Four Gathering.
- 2004–All Nations Healing Hospital officially opens its doors.
- White Raven Healing Centre opens.
- 2007– Leading Thunderbird Lodge opens and welcomes their first clients.
- 2010– FHQ Developments is formed.
- 2011– All Nations Healing Hospital receives Exemplary Status with Accreditation Canada
- 2014- FHQ Health Services receives Exemplary Status with Accreditation Canada
- 2015– All Nations Healing Hospital receives Exemplary Status with Accreditation Canada
- 2018- Opening of Pēkiwēwin (Coming Home) House
- 2018- Opening of Pasikow Muskwa (Rising Bear) Healing Centre, Satellite Renal Dialysis Unit