I.M. Faithful , September, 1942
O’ Little Pine. I think I see the for Bluehill and western sky that glows with orange, red and gold while purple mists o’er camp fires lie.
The evening star shines soft and gold
It seems to bless us from above to tell us those, whose bodies rest above the river, look with love up the valley where they lived, and on the river and the hills
The white church tower, their school, their fields, and we look up and love them still. But see the angry glow of fire!
No! T’is the moon that rises there
And soon will shed a silvery light,–
So, wars shall change to peace most fair.
O’ children whom we watched and taught
Remember God and work and pray.
And make the world a better place by doing right from day to day.
And now the golden sun appears low in the world and right shall win and light and life shall reign at last.
Little Pine First Nation is situated on the Battle River some 42 miles west of North Battleford.
Little Pine was chosen by Chief Little Pine firstly to be closer to Chief Poundmaker’s reserve as they were old friends; secondly, because at the time it was ideal country for hunting and fishing, which Chief Little Pine used to as the main source of food.
Little Pine reserve is a valley running East and West with remarkable beauty. The large hills seem blue in the distance where they meet the horizon.
The soil of this reserve is of many kinds, at the bottom of the flat the soil is alkali, but on the slopes toward the hills the soil is very good for farming with some sandy soil on the fringes of the reserve.
There is just enough bushes to keep the community supplied with firewood and logs for their homes.
The little reserve may not be a farmer’s paradise, but if one were to go back 150 years and look at the future through the eyes of our chief, this beautiful valley through which he had roamed for years must have seemed a paradise for his people.