Fred Sasakamoose a member of the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation became the first-ever treaty Indian to play in the National Hockey League for the Chicago Blackhawks from 1953 to 1954.
In attendance Loretta and Neil Sasakamoose, Neil spoke on behalf of his family and especially his mother Loretta saying how his Father, Fred Sasakamoose told him
“Don’t let people forget who I am.”
The Statue was approved by the City Council last year and was commissioned by the Synergy 8 Community Builders and partnered with Saskatoon Tribal Council, Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation, and the Battleford Agency Tribal Chiefs.
“When we look at the investment of this statue, it’s not about the money, it’s about acknowledging the legacy of a man that produced relationships and partnerships with non-indigenous people, he promoted those things constantly and that’s what drives me to do what I do, in regards to how we work together.” – STC Tribal Chief Mark Arcand
The statue was unveiled in advance of the Fred Sasakamoose “Chief Thunderstick” National Hockey championship, which is held from May 19 to 21 in Saskatoon.
In remembering Freddie, we want to thank his family for lending him to all of us, he was a truly inspirational individual. It was an honor to be there in attendance and an honor to meet all the people who were, and are impacted by Fred’s life.
“This is what brought me to where I am, it’s for you now, it’s for you now to follow the footsteps … You become what you want, your choice is great, much greater than mine.”
~ Freddie Sasakamoose ~