Big Bear

Plains Cree leader Big Bear (Mistahimaskwa) was famous for being the first major prairie chief to refuse to sign a treaty. He was an avid counsellor for peaceful dealings with the Canadian government, but that trait eventually caused some of his followers to refuse his leadership. Award-winning author and professor Rudy Wiebe has written on Big Bear. His 1973 novel “The Temptations of Big Bear” has earned him a Governor General’s Award.