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The Cree have a long history in this area. It wasn’t until 1883 that a group of Ontario settlers decided to make this their home too. It was 35 members of the Temperance Colonization Colony that made the move out west, spurred on by the promise of land for cheap and the prospect of starting their own settlement. Their idealistic hope to ban alcohol was short lived in this wild territory, but the settlement they created is still going strong. The economy was founded on agriculture and continues on that front today.