Remembering the victims of the Baker Massacre

Indigenous life has been dark lately as the Residential School history of Canada has reared its ugly face.  A monument was recently dedicated in Cardston. This was not only to honour the children who didn’t make it home, but also to remember the victims of a brutal massacre.

Former Cardston High School teacher Kara Baldwin and some former and current Blackfoot students designed a monument and healing garden that was installed, then dedicated on June 19.  It is to honour those who survived, and those who died in the Baker Massacre, as well as in residential schools.  In her Master of Education thesis, PhD candidate Ramona Big Head tells the story about how over 200 innocent Indigenous people, mostly women, children and elders were heinously killed.  She says the event was first sparked by the murder of a prominent rancher and fur trader named Malcom Clarke.

In retaliation, General Phillip Sheridan send a squadron of cavalry, led by Major Eugene Baker to look for Mountain Chief’s camp, where Clarke’s killer was residing. Mountain Chief’s band fled after hearing of the raid and another band had settled there before Baker’s squad had arrived.  Despite knowing this was a friendly band, Baker decided to attack anyway.

Cardston Mayor Maggie Kronen says the monument is going to leave a legacy in her town.

Naveen Day

Naveen came to Lethbridge in 2018 with experience in broadcast spanning over 20 years. In Winnipeg, he produced two factual entertainment shows for Shaw and Bell MTS prior to his move to Southern Alberta where he quickly ventured out into the world of journalism at Bridge City News. Naveen has a passion for producing thought-provoking and informative news pieces that answer questions we all have in the back of our minds.

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