The Town of Indian Head

The Town of Indian Head is now accepting applications for Pool Manager, Head Guard, Swim Instructors and Lifeguards. Please see the links for more details. The deadline to apply is Monday, March 18, 2019.

Pool Manager/ Head Guard

Instructors/ Lifeguards

The Town of Indian Head is now accepting applications from community organizations who have plans that will enhance sports, recreation and culture opportunities in Indian Head. For full details and to apply, please see the link below. 

Please ensure that both pages of the application are filled out and returned to the Town Office by Friday, February 22, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Community Development at (306) 695-2742 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Hardcopies are also available in the Town Office. 

Click here for the 2019 Community Grant Program for Sport, Culture & Recreation Application Form


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After careful consideration the Town of Indian Head is pleased to announce that Loraas Disposal has been awarded the contract for residential curbside garbage collection. Loraas Disposal has been in the solid waste business for over 40 years. The Town is excited to have obtained Loraas Disposal’s services and expertise moving forward.  

Please review the link below for more information regarding these changes and the schedule. There will be a Public Awareness Meeting held on January 8th, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall for anyone to attend if you have questions.

 Curbside Solid Waste Collection Notice



The Town has just received notification from the Water Security Agency in regards to the Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory in place due to high turbidity readings. 

All samples have come back clear allowing the Town to lift the Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory effective immediately! 

We appreicate your cooperation and patience during this process!

As a result of scheduled work being completed at the Town of Indian Head Water Well turbidity readings are now higher than the recommended level. A precautionary drinking water advisory has been ordered and is effective as of Monday, October 22 2018.

Updates will come through social media, the website and notices around town. We appreciate your understanding and apologize for the inconvenience. Please see the attached document below for more information on the Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory. 

Precuationary Drinking Water Advisory Notice

Notice of Basal Spraying

As part of our Dutch Elm Disease management strategy, the Town of Indian Head will be contracting Green Drop Tree Care to basal spray targeted American Elm trees in your area. The bottom meter of the tree is sprayed using a hand held sprayer. There is no spray in the air and the product dries quickly. Tree Health Care technicians may require access to your property to basal spray any American Elm trees on your property and will leave written notice. Basal spraying operations will begin the week of October 8th, 2018. Spraying will be dependent on weather but will go ahead as long as day-time temperatures are not significantly below freezing. All Tree Heath care Technicians will be driving vehicles with Green Drop company logos and wearing hi-vis safety vest with photo ID.

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DED Prevention

The annual restriction on pruning all types of elm trees ended August 31st. Homeowners are encouraged to prune their elms, throughout the fall. Each year, pruning of elm trees is prohibited from April 1st to August 31st to reduce the risk of Dutch Elm Disease (DED). The Town manages the disease in town by hiring a surveillance team to identify American Elms infected with DED and removes infected trees on public and private property. The Town also hires a company to Basal spray the base of American and Siberian Elms to kill any wintering elm bark beetles who may be carrying the disease. The province maintains a 5-mile buffer zone around Indian Head where Elms are monitored for the disease and removed to decrease the risk of transmission.

Residents can help prevent spreading DED by not transporting or storing elm firewood. Please help us keep our trees healthy! 

The Town of Indian Head invites applications for the position of Community Development Officer. The Community Development Officer is a management position that is responsible for municipal communication, special event planning, business development, recreation management, property management, Town website management and overall community promotion. The Community Development Officer must be entrepreneurial, energetic, well organized and be able to work independently. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential.

The successful applicant will have strengths in leadership and planning, the ability to establish effective working relationships with Town Council, staff, local businesses, community organizations and the general public. The successful applicant will also have a diploma or degree in sport, culture, recreation, or community development, and/or a strong combination of related training and experience.

The position is directly responsible to the Town Administrator under direction of Town Council and will be responsible for providing direction to and taking direction from the Community Development Committee.

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A full job description is available upon request. 


Community Development Office

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P.O. Box 361, Indian Head, SK   S0G 2K0

Last June, the first meeting of an intersectoral group was held in our community. The Health Region and community leaders saw the need to invite a group of individuals that represent community organizations of many capacities to join forces and work towards a healthier community. The committee quickly realized that the communication of events and activities to the community residents was a challenge and was identified as our initial action plan.

The first edition of the Communication Newsletter was available on June 1st of this year, thanks to the collaborative efforts of The Health Region who format the newsletter, the Town of Indian Head who supply the paper, print and cut the document, Residents from Golden Prairie and Hayes Haven who fold the newsletter, and finally, Heritage Club members and High School students who deliver the newsletter to various business and locations around town.

The committee is very proud of the collaborative nature of the communication newsletter, unfortunately, our newsletter does not have an imaginative name. Other towns have named their newsletters “Table Talkers” and “News and Views” to name a few. You can help us name our newsletter by sending your suggestions to Gwen Johner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by giving her a call.

If you belong to a local church, business, service organization, school, college or non-profit and are interested in joining the committee please contact Gwen or Larry. If you would like to have your upcoming event(s) listed in our next publication, please contact Larry Tittle at least 7 days before the 1st of the month at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 306.697.4048.

Submitted by Gwen Johner and Larry Tittle

The Town of Indian Head invites proposals for the contract position to provide caretaking and security services for the lobby, dressing rooms and mezzanine of the A.J.M. Davies Arena for the 2018/2019 season. Monthly wage is negotiable and ranges from $2,500.00 to $3,500.00 depending on experience and credentials. Police background check required. Please visit the Town’s website for more details; hard copies are available at the Town Office. Please contact the Community Development Office at 695-2742 if you have further questions. Sealed proposals must include relative experience, wage expectations, a police background check and any other information you feel will enhance your proposal. Proposals will be accepted by the undersigned until 12:00 o’clock noon, Monday, August 27, 2018.

Lowest or any proposal not necessarily accepted.

Town of Indian Head

P.O. Box 460

Indian Head, SK   S0G 2K0

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National Communities in Bloom Judges will be in our community from July 16-18th. The local committee will be showcasing our parks, sports fields, residential and downtown areas and the many amenities that make Indian Head such a great place to call home. We appreciate your efforts to keep these areas clean and litter-free. Let’s be ready – People, Plants and Pride, Working Together!

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Please see the attached news release from the Indian Head RCMP regarding preventing thefts.

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The Town of Indian Head invites sealed proposals from qualified contractors for the following project at the AJM Davies Arena, 800 Woodward Avenue Indian Head. 

The project may be viewed by contacting the Community Development Officer at the contact number below to arrange suitable times.

Please note: the deadline to complete the job is October 1, 2018. Please include with your quote an approximate commencement and timeline for completion. Successful Proposal will have to work around existing facility booking arrangements.

Proposals will be accepted at the Town Office during working hours Monday to Friday, 8:30 – 4:30 p.m. Unsealed or late tenders will not be accepted. Proposals must be clearly marked “AJM Davies Arena Interior Painting Proposal” on the outside of the envelope. Proposals will be received by the undersigned until 12:00 o’clock noon, Monday July 9, 2018.

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The Town of Indian Head invites sealed proposals from qualified contractors for the following project at the Indian Head Swimming Pool. Proposals will be accepted at the Town Office during working hours Monday to Friday, 8:30 – 4:30 p.m. Unsealed or late proposals will not be accepted. Proposals must be clearly marked “Indian Head Swimming Pool Doors and Shower Upgrade Proposal” on the outside of the envelope. Proposals will be received by the undersigned until 12:00 o’clock noon, Monday June 11, 2018.

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Residents are again asked to follow the odd/even watering schedule for tasks such as watering lawns and large gardens, washing siding, etc. This odd/even schedule is being proactively implemented to reduce the chance of requiring a strict water restriction during increased summer demand and while we drill an updated well.

The residential watering schedule means homes with odd numbered civic addresses can water on odd days (1st, 3rd, 5th etc.) and homes with an even numbered civic address can water on even days (2nd, 4th, 6th etc.).

The bulk water schedule allows RM residents to haul water for household purposes on all days of the week and for agricultural purposes on odd days only.

Please do you part to help conserve water! All efforts help to ensure an ample supply of water is readily available to emergency services and to residents for personal use.

Water Conservation Tips:

  • Limit laundry cycles to full loads.
  • Adjust your sprinklers so you’re only watering your lawn and garden, not the road and sidewalk.
  • Water lawns and gardens early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler and evaporation is minimized.
  • Adjust automatic sprinkler systems to match the odd/ even schedule for your residence. Inspect systems for leaks.
  • Use a nozzle on the end of hoses to save roughly 5-7 gallons each minute your hose is on.
  • Adjust your lawnmower to a higher setting. The taller lawn provides shade to the roots and promotes soil moisture retention.

CIB's Drought Friendly Planting Brochure

The Town of Indian Head’s waste management operations including curbside garbage collection will be transitioning in the near future to a sustainable solution that will best serve the disposal needs of the residents now and in the future. Please see the link below for more information.

Transfer Station Preliminary Information

The Town of Indian Head and the R.M. of Indian Head invite sealed proposals from qualified contractors for seasonal upkeep/maintenance at the Indian Head Cemetery located at 1111 Bell Street, Indian Head, SK.

Proposals will be accepted at the Town Office during working hours Monday to Friday, 8:30a.m.-12:00p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Unsealed or late proposals will not be accepted. Proposals must be clearly marked “CEMETERY MAINTENANCE” on the outside of the envelope. Proposals will be received by the undersigned until 12:00 o’clock noon, Wednesday, March 21st, 2018.

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The Town of Indian Head invites applications from post-secondary students for the position of seasonal parks and green space maintenance. One position is available.  Applicants interested in the position are required to apply in writing to the Town of Indian Head by 12:00 noon on Monday March 12, 2018.

Detailed Job Description

We are now accepting applications for Indian Head Swimming Pool Staff positions. Please see the link for more details. The deadline to apply is March 26th, 2018. Please contact the Community Development Office with questions.

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To celebrate Canada’s 150th, the Indian Head Community Development Committee is sponsoring the publication of accounts from the Indian Head History Book (1984), celebrating stories of its founding families.

Four Seasons of Indian Head
by Myra (Smith) Stilborn

Indian Head in springtime is a place
where flowers grow,
Where boys are flying kites, with faces all aglow, Where sunlight plays with showers
across the radiant skies,
And people meet you on the street,
with laughter in their eyes.
Indian Head in summer is a place
where fancies brood,
Where stately trees lift prayerful arms in suppliant attitude,
Where nature breeds such beauty,
such perfect loveliness,
That wondering silence speaks the praise which words cannot express.
Then autumn spills her magic with a grace
that's wild and free,
And Indian Head "The Beautiful",
is wrapped in mystery,
A carnival of brightness, a wealth of gold and flame, Amid the wheatfields whispering,
a cherished dream of fame.
Indian Head in winter is a fairyland in white, With snowy spires that gleam against a sky of azure bright:
As evening softly covers with darkness
everything beneath the stars,
This queenly town sleeps on and dreams of spring.


Peter Christopher Bradley

I became conscious of my existence when I was 2 years old. I was born in Sault Ste.
Marie, Ontario and moved to Indian Head, Saskatchewan when I was one year old. My
sister Verla was a year and a half older, my brother John was 5 years older.
We lived in a one and a half storey red insulbrick house on Houghton Street, right
across from the forestry lab where my dad did his research. He was an entomologist.
My dad George Arthur Bradley, Brad as he was known, was employed with the federal
government Department of Forestry. He also did some of his work at the Forest
Research Station just on the outskirts of town. An Experimental Farm specializing in
agricultural research was also located in Indian Head.

Dad stood 6’6” tall and towered above most other men. Furry eyebrows, horizontal lines
on his forehead and a moustache on a distinctive kind face set my father apart. He was
well educated. He was strict with us probably the same as his parents had been strict
with him. He was more conservative and reserved than my friends’ fathers.
Mom had a strong stubborn streak in her. Once she formed an opinion, it was hard to
convince her otherwise. She was very spiritual, kind and compassionate.

Indian Head was a thriving farm town 50 miles east of Regina on the No. 1 Hwy. .
Population about 1200.
I lived in Indian Head from 1949 to the summer of 1956. It was a quaint and
beautiful….still is. Many of the heritage homes are brick with verandas and lots of
character. Our house wasn’t one of the classic Indian Head homes. It was a one and a
half storey home covered with red insulbrick. The house was heated with fuel oil. The
furnace was in the dirt dug out basement with the large square heating vent in the living
room floor. There were wooden vents in the downstairs ceilings to carry the heat to the

On cold winter mornings my mother and we three kids would stand on the large square
heating vent in the living room to warm up. It was right above the oil furnace in the
basement. Sometimes when something fell down the vent, my dad would remove the
vent cover and lower me down by hanging onto my feet and I would pick the item up.
It was so cold in the winter time, my dad would pile snow up against the house around
the entire perimeter. He would also pile snow over the outside oil tank. That would
prevent the oil from thickening so much it would make the furnace stop.
My brother’s job was to bring in the coal from the garage. He would carry a metal 5
gallon bucket out to the garage, shovel in the coal and bring it back in the house for the
kitchen stove.

The town’s movie theatre was 10 cents. A haircut was a quarter. The barber shop in
Indian Head had a pool hall in the back as did most prairie barber shops. This barber
had a couple of ferrets to get rid of rats in the dirt basements. He had tight collars on
them so they couldn’t eat the rats. He’d let them go and in a few minutes the squealing
had stopped and all rats were dead.

The steam engines would empty their clinkers. They were left in large still smoking piles
in the rail yard. The clinkers didn’t go to waste. The town used them to cover the mud in
the lanes and provide traction. They really hurt if you fell on them. They were quite
sharp. They looked a bit like glass….blue and white and curled into thin pieces.
My friend Keith Davies and I would go down to the train station. Sometimes the station
master would ask us to grab the hoop from the train due in soon. We were more than
happy to do that. The train would slow down, the engineer would hold out a bamboo
hoop with a long tail on it for the handle. The engineer would reach out and pass the
hoop to us as we ran along side the train. Messages for the station master were
attached to the hoop with elastic bands. We felt quite proud and important when we
helped out the station master.

Steam engines stopped for coal, emptied their clinkers and filled up with water. The
water tower had a long spout on it which the engineer would swing over to the steam
engine. We would ask the engineer if we could go for a ride in the yard. They would let
us up… smelled like an overheating car radiator. very hot, humid and noisy. You could
see the fire burning in the fire box through the dark mica window. The air had the acrid
scent of burning coal. They would give us a ride around the yard, the huge steam
engine chugging away. I was resting my arm on the dark green leather armrest that was
cracked and worn thin with so much use. The engineers wore blue coveralls smudged
with coal dust. It was so exciting to be up in those engines!
One day the circus train stopped in Indian Head. Lots of townsfolk walked down to the
station and we were allowed to walk through some of the cars seeing lions in cages, the
monkeys, and a variety of animals. I was scared and impressed at the same time.

Diesel locomotives were beginning to take over from the steam engines. For a while,
both were being used. One of the first trains pulled by a diesel locomotive stopped in
Indian Head and again townsfolk toured the loud humming beast. Narrow passage ways
between loud humming engines….all the different dials and gauges in the
passageways…so much different than the steam engines.

Mostly everyone from town went down to the train station to see Queen Elizabeth and
Prince Phillip on a whistle stop. They spoke a few words to the crowd. What impressed
me the most was everyone yelling “Hip Hip Hooray” three times. Anyone with a hat on
took it off and threw it in the air. Quite the celebration albeit short.

Verla and I loved riding ponies. We’d walk down to Mrs. Sweet’s place and rent shetland
ponies to ride around the corral with. I think it was 10 cents an hour. Eventually we
began riding horses. Sometimes our family would go out for a ride together on
horseback. Verla and I loved riding. Little did I know that Verla’s whole life would revolve
around the love of horses to this very day. She had her own horse by the time she was
13 years old. She and her husband Mike Olito live on a small farm just on the southern
outskirts of Winnipeg in Howden, Manitoba. Mike is an artist and Verla trains and races
thoroughbreds at Assiniboia Downs Race Track in Winnipeg. They have always lived a
very idyllic life. They may not have much money. Their love for each other and the
freedom they have enjoyed all these years provided them with a very rich life.

I was by myself when I decided to go into the little Anglican church one day. We went
there regularly for Sunday service. I found some crayons with nothing to draw on except
the walls. I think I told my parents that I went to the church. They saw my handiwork and
cleaned it up.

Speaking of church, it was one of the days, Easter or Christmas. My mother put the
turkey in the oven and we went to church. The coal fired stove oven overheated and the
turkey began burning. Smoke billowed out of the house. The volunteer fire fighters were
called in by the neighbours. They thought the house was on fire. They decided that the
best way to tackle it was to first chop a hole in the roof which they did promptly. They
must have been embarrassed when they realized only the turkey was burning.

Our old house had a knot hole in one of the floor boards in the dining room….right
where my mother liked to do the ironing. She shrieked loudly when a mouse came out
through the knot hole and ran around her feet.

The school was a large stone building. It had cone shaped paper cups in the
washrooms where you could have a drink of water from the tap. I guess they didn’t have
water fountains then. I don’t remember anything about Grade 1 except I got the strap in
front of the class. I don’t remember doing anything wrong but it may have had
something to do with my eraser. It wasn’t a great way to begin school life. I certainly was
afraid of my old spinster teacher. She had a wart on the end of her tongue and ruled
with fear. Another traumatic incident happened after school one day. A boy in my class
lived right across from the school. I went over to his place to play, then we crossed the
street and played in the school yard. Our teacher came out and scolded us for not going
home. As punishment she brought us back into the school, put us in a classroom and
told us we were going to stay in the school overnight. We were really upset, the lights
were off and we didn’t know what to do except cry. Finally she came back and let us out.

The Nichols family owned a car dealership in town. Their daughter and I were friends.
She invited me over for a visit. Her mom made us jam tarts from the left over dough she
had. Hot out of the oven, the tarts were so yummy. I thought they were the best thing I
had ever tasted. The Nichols were getting ready to do some landscaping as they had a
big pile of black soil in their back yard. Her father told us not to touch it because we
would wake up the bear sleeping inside the pile. We avoided the pile. I imagined a
huge, ferocious black bear sleeping in the pile. We certainly didn’t want to wake him up.

My parents had a shiny black 1949 Studebaker in our old garage. I don’t remember
riding in it. They sold the Studebaker to save money when my grandparents gave them
their old faded green ’37 Ford. It had a tall stick shift on the floor with an ivory shift knob
on the top of it. That old car smell appealed to me. Beige velvet was the finishing in the
interior. Running boards on the sides were covered in grooved black rubber. My brother
John used to stand on the running boards so he could spot bottles in the ditches as my
dad drove slowly along the dirt roads just outside of town. My mom would have Ginger
the cocker spaniel on her lap whenever we went in the car. Mom would also taught us
what to do if we were going to crash. If she yelled “DUCK”, we would duck our heads
down towards the floor of the car. That was a long before seat belts were thought of.!
The Tuttles bought any empty bottles people brought to them. They owned a trucking
company. It was a great way to make a few cents when you were young.

Benny Holden lived behind us. He was a bit younger. Once Benny had a dime and I had
a nickel. Not knowing the value, Benny wanted the nickel because it was bigger so we
traded. When his mother found out, she asked me to trade back. It was easy to tell that
she was a bit irritated. Benny was disappointed and I was confused. I’m sure she
thought I had tricked Benny but that was not the case. We just didn’t know the values.

One evening as we drove in the old Ford out to our cottage at Katepwe, my dad spotted
a swarm of honey bees on a telephone pole. Being an entomologist, he knew just what
to do. He opened up the trunk of the car and with his bare hands scooped up the queen,
put her in the trunk and all the other bees followed. He closed the trunk with the bees in
it and we headed back home. That was the start of his bee keeping days. He kept the
hives out at the Forestry Farm and one in our back yard. Getting ready to work on the
hives, he would put on his white coveralls complete with hat and netting around his
face. He would put elastics around his pant legs and sleeves. One time a bee got under
the netting and stung him on the eyelid which swelled up to enormous proportions which
I thought was interesting. We had an extractor in the front veranda of our house. The
story goes that one time I threw one of my dirty socks into the extractor….of course I
don’t remember.

Another time John who was 5 years older than me, decided that we should smoke the
bees in the back yard hive. He lit the smoker as he had seen dad do, and he started
squeezing the billows making the smoke come out. I can’t recall what happened….we
didn’t get stung but we sure were in trouble when dad got home. “ You just wait until
your father gets home” my mom would say if we were bad.

I liked the tall caragana trees in the back yard along the lane. You could hear the seed
pods popping in the hot weather. I also liked the gladiolas my parents had in front of the
veranda….very beautiful and lots of them. I touched a wasp that had been trapped in
the veranda. It was buzzing against one of the many window panes. That was my first
bee sting. I cried and hollered loudly.

Swimming at the main beach at Lake Katepwa, I almost drowned. I was standing on my tip toes with water covering my lips but not my nose. I couldn’t move for fear of
drowning. Luckily someone saw me and came to my rescue. There was a tall steel slide
at the beach that you could slide down and into the water. My mother standing by it and
trying to get me to go down. I finally did go and accelerated much faster than I
expected. Swoosh I went into the water full blast with bubbles everywhere. I went deep
since I was built like a skinny arrow. One thing I didn’t like was going into the women’s
change room with my mom. All the ladies in white bathing caps would be commenting
on me.

Duck hunting was a favourite pastime on the Canadian Prairies. I was around 6 years
old and we would all go with dad to Dry Lake to hunt. Sometimes we would go out for
the evening shoot. Other times we would get up in the morning when it was still dark
and get ready to go. The ducks were so delicious…all grain fed and plump. It was
exciting to go hunting with the family.

We still had our milk delivered by a horse drawn milk wagon. By habit, the old horse
knew which house to stop at. The milk bottles were the ones with the large bulge on the
top for the cream to separate into.

There was an orphanage in Indian Head called The Orange Home. A boy from the
orphanage came home with me after school one day. When we walked in my mother
greeted us and gave each of us a fresh orange. He was quite surprised and said that
they only receive half an orange for breakfast. I was shocked that they’d only give them
half an orange each. I thought “what a tough life it must be living at the Orange Home.” !
Another friend from school asked me to have lunch at his place. His parents owned the
Indian Head Hotel. It was a big deal for me sitting at the lunch counter in the hotel
restaurant having lunch for free!

The Rainbow Cafe was the Chinese restaurant in town. It had a colourful neon rainbow
for a sign.I used to buy candy there. One time I bought candy and it turned out to be
these horrible cough drops. I can’t remember the name, they were a tan colour in a
square shape that had the corners of the square clipped off. I had to throw them away.

The town’s wading pool was always popular during summer as there was no swimming
pool. The wading pool was quite old, only a few feet deep but filled with kids on the hot
days of summer.

My dad decided it was time for me to have my own bank account and learn about
money. One day we went to the Royal Bank on the corner. It was a tall impressive stone
building with high ceilings inside. Dad helped me open my first account. I received a
bank book showing the one dollar that my dad had just put into my account. I think it
was about 2 weeks later when I went to the bank by myself, withdrew the dollar and
spent it on candy.

Candy was my weakness. I could never get enough candy. I loved candy! One day
while poking around in dad’s dresser, I discovered some very large silver coins. Some
were silver dollars and some were 50 cent pieces. I took a 50 cent coin down to the
corner store on the way to school….I think it was called McBrides. I gave the
storekeeper the coin and proceeded to ask him to fill a paper bag with a variety of candy
until the bag was almost full and the 50 cents was used up. I brought the bag home
being careful no one saw me with it. I went to my room, had a few candies and stuffed
the bag of candies into the springs of my brother’s bunk bed above me. I thought I was
pretty smart, hiding the candies. Everything was fine until that night when my brother
John started jumping on his bed and shaking the whole bunk bed until the bag of
candies came loose. The whole bag headed for the floor and past my grasping hands
and hit the floor scattering the candies everywhere. My brother was shocked and yelled
out asking me where I got all the candies from. My dad heard the ruckus and soon I was
confessing my sins with tears flowing freely. He went to the storekeeper and gave him 2
quarters in exchange for the 50 cent piece I spent there.

Verla and I had lots of fun playing with the homeless alley cats in the alley behind Main
Street. Bobby Hall lived above his dad’s pharmacy and he’d meet us in the lane. We
spent hours with those cats…so many of them.

Evan Flude’s dad owned the Indian Head News newspaper. He was in Verla’s class at
school. Verla came home one day with her name typeset in metal. It was a gift from
Evan who had taken a liking to her.

In the winter, my brother and his friends used to go down to the creek to skate. My
brother still has scars in his eyebrows from hitting the ice with his head. Somehow he
seemed to land on an eyebrow and split it open. I was too young to skate there but I
would go too. I remember the strange feeling of looking through the crystal clear ice and
feeling that the ice could break and I could fall in.

In winter we sometimes had a skating party on Lake Katepwa. The adults shovelled the
snow off the ice. After skating we had a barbecue. I was freezing the whole time!
Someone told me to keep banging my hands together to keep them warm in my mitts.
That was futile.

Someone had what we called a “Bombideer” …that’s how we pronounced Bombardier
on the Prairies. I had never seen one until the time we had at good snowfall. I was
playing in the snow across the street from our house. Suddenly this noisy machine
came flying through the snow, rounded the corner on the lab lawn and went straight for
me. I had never been so scared. I did think some kind of monster. It was the old style
machine made of wood with port hole windows on the sides.

The Munn’s were our next door neighbours on Houghton Street. Mr. Munn sold my dad
the old 5 hp Johnson SeaHorse for $10 that had been sitting under snow for a few
winters in his back yard. Dad bought a small 12 foot welded aluminum boat from
Eaton’s in Regina. The boat had varnished oak gunnels and transom. Dad bought a
nice pair of wood oars which I carried down to the shoemaker in Indian Head to have
him install leather sleeves and a leather rim. The leather sleeves were to stop the wood
oars from wearing on the oar locks and the rim of leather to stop the oars from slipping
down through the locks. I loved rowing that boat before I was allowed to use the engine.

Baseball was a great sport on the Prairies. Fierce competition existed between towns. I
do remember some African Americans living in Indian Head. It was baseball that
brought them to the town and I believe some of them settled permanently in Indian
Head. They seemed to live in one area, close to the fair grounds and baseball field.

Some Indian Head houses had a creative look to them with a menagerie of small pieces
of broken glass. These were applied to the surface of wet stucco. I liked one house just
down the street from us on Houghton with this interesting glass finish. Just about as
many colours as you could think of were imbedded all over the exterior. You didn’t want
to brush against them as some of them had sharp edges. Indian Head has some of the
most gorgeous old homes on the Canadian Prairies.

I can remember playing shinny on the street in front of our house using frozen road
apples left behind by the dairy horse’s behind. I’m sure that probably happened in other
Saskatchewan towns as well. Sometimes my dad would build an ice rink in back yard.
Unfortunately one day I whacked him in the nose with my hockey stick as I was winding
up for a face-off against my brother John. My dad was supposed to drop the puck but
that was interrupted as fresh ruby red blood came gushing from his nose onto the white

My first skating lessons were on an old pair of double bladed kid’s skates. I was pushing
a chair around on the ice trying to stay upright. I never did learn to skate well…weak
ankles maybe.

After World War II, the federal government distributed the army surplus vehicles to
government departments who could use them. The forestry lab had an army vehicle
called The Hub. It was army green and huge wheels on it. It had a large cab with a
round roof hatch you could open, stand up and have a great view. One day my dad took
us out in it to where a huge number of owls were nesting. The owls were so mad at us
being there, swooping down and screeching at us. It was frightening and exciting.

The Santa Claus Parade was always a delightful sight in Indian Head. I was so excited
especially when Santa appeared in his sleigh pulled by real reindeer or so I thought. I
learned later that the reindeer were actually Mrs. Sweet’s horses outfitted with deer

Sometimes after a good snow, some of the farmers would drive their kids to school in a
horse drawn cutter. If we were fast enough, we would jump on the sleigh’s runners and
get a ride to school.

Going to the butcher shop with my mom was always an adventure. Jup the butcher was
missing half of one arm. No matter, he was still the butcher, quite a jovial man too. Jup’s
shop floor was covered in large wood shavings. There was an open knot hole in the
floor that everyone knew about. A cat living under the butcher shop would put his paw
through the knothole and start feeling around until someone put a small piece of meat
by the knothole and the paw would feel it and pull it down through. Ginger would be
waiting outside for his treat. Jup would wrap a dog bone in butcher paper. Ginger would
carry it in his mouth, drooling all the way. He would unwrap it as soon as we arrived

Townsfolk didn’t have home deep freezers then. Jup had a locker plant in his butcher
shop. You could buy your meat in quantity when it was on sale and store it in your meat
lock. When the huge door of the walk in freezer opened, we walked right into into clouds
of steam from the warm air rushing in. The freezer air made you catch your breath it
was so cold. The lockers were made of wood which were numbered. You provided your
own lock.

Televisions were becoming popular in the mid fifties. Our neighbours, the Munns,
bought one and invited our family over to watch it. The first program I ever watched was
Walt Disney. What a fabulous show! It was magic even if it was only black and white!
We didn’t have our own tv until a few years later.

I loved living in Indian Head and learning all the things you need to know in life. Like
driving an old truck around by pushing on the starter button. A friend and I climbed into a dusty old truck that was sitting in an empty lot. We pushed the starter button and to our surprise, the truck lurched forward again and again as the motor turned over. It made a wonderful “rrrruh…rrrruh sound as we kept our finger on the button. We took turns steering. We were having lots of fun driving it until a lady came out of a house nearby and yelled at us.

One day Keith Davies and I were walking about and saw a long ladder leading up to the
roof of the Odd Fellows Hall. We went up the ladder and onto the roof. It was easy to
walk around on it since it was a gently sloping roof. I’m not sure how long we were on
the roof. We noticed that a few people had come over and were now around the ladder
asking us to come down which we did. If we had fallen off we could have easily died.
We were probably 5 or 6 years old at the time. I guess we didn’t realize the gravitational
danger of the situation.

Mr. Price owned the gas station by the highway. He heard that my dad was going to
Michigan…something to do with the university. He asked my dad if he could drive back
a brand new Edsel from Detroit that he had ordered. My dad enjoyed driving back to
Indian Head in the luxurious brand new car. There were still lots of cars in town that
required cranking to start them. I heard of people breaking their arms in the process of
cranking. It seemed there were lots of dogs in town that liked chasing cars and biting at
their wheels. Everyone let their dogs run free.

My friend and his dad were driving out to a farm for a visit with friends. They asked me if
I wanted to come so I hopped in and off we went. We were half way there when my
friend’s dad asked me if I had asked my mom if I could go. I said no. Oops…we turned
around and headed back home. Not sure if I ever did make that trip or stayed at home.

My friend Keith was given his first bicycle. It was a large used bike with dark red paint. I
didn’t know how to ride a bike until one day I went to visit Keith. He and his family were
out and the bike was in the yard. I got on the bike, fell a few times, and actually learned
how to ride that day…I just rode and rode..what an exhilarating experience that was! I
returned the bike and told Keith later that I had used it. Keith’s dad was a traveling
salesman and would call on grocery stores in the towns close by. He would take their
orders for Robin Hood flour.

Before bikes there were trikes which we all rode. My sister Verla was the self appointed
leader of the pack. We felt strength in our numbers. No other kids were going to mess
with us.

There were a few tragedies in town that I recall. One was a terrible house fire that
claimed the lives of some children. It was raining heavily that night. The volunteer fire
fighters were called out. Unfortunately the fire truck became mired in prairie gumbo and
couldn’t get to the house which fairly close by the fire hall. Some of the kids were in our

Another young boy died when he choked on a pill his parents had given him. The
Heimlich manoeuvre had not yet been developed.

The Greatest Show on Earth came to the theatre in Indian Head. We went to see it one
afternoon. It was probably the first movie I had seen on the big screen. It was scary and
exciting at the same time. I was thrilled to see it..still one of my favourite memories.

I decided to run away from home one day. I told my mom and she said it was okay so I
left. I walked to the edge of town then started walking down the railway tracks. I noticed
a bar of soap in the middle of the tracks. I had walked far enough. I thought my mom
would be happy that I found a bar of soap. I picked it up and walked back home. When I
showed her the soap I found on the tracks she asked me to throw it in the garbage. She
explained to me that the train dumps their sewage on the tracks so everything is very
dirty. “Yuck” I thought to myself…very gross indeed!

Dad decided to save some money on the food bill. He bought a crate of fresh,
squawking chickens. He slaughtered, gutted and de-feathered them in the garage with
mom helping out. I don't remember them ever doing that again.

Since we had no television, we loved the radio. They had story time for kids to listen to.
We gathered around the radio in the early evening to listen. They had radio serials
westerns like Wild Bill Hickok. Great sound effects of horses galloping, cattle mooing,
etc. The radio was a dark brown bakelite material. There was a large round speaker in
the front covered with gold cloth material. The speaker had a round plastic gold circle
around it with what looked like a Mercedes Benz emblem. We had a separate small
turntable that would play 45’s. It would plug into a wall outlet for power and had a cable
that would plug into the back of the radio for the sound. You could turn a knob on the
side of the radio to switch it from radio mode to records. One of my favourites was The
Little Engine That Could. Mom enjoyed listening to The Happy Gang in the mornings. I
liked that lively show. My parents had square dance records as well as songs by Burl
Ives, the theme from Carmen, bagpipe music which I liked, some folk tunes and some
easy listening tunes. I liked the song “Jimmy Crack Corn”

The house took a while to warm up in the mornings. Dad would get the kitchen stove
started. It was an old stove with the flat top made of iron. He would use the top lifter, a
short steel shaft coiled with steel on the grip. It had a notch on the end which fit into the
burner top to lift it off. He would put bunched up newspaper, then kindling with coal on
the top of that. Then he would light it.

The vestibule on the back of the house was where the clothes washer was. It was a
wringer washer which had to be filled by hand with a hose. Mom would drain it into the
floor drain and refill it to rinse then drain it again. The next step was running the clothes
through the wringer to get most of the water out. The wringer would spring open if your
fingers got caught or the laundry was too thick. The laundry was then hung outside on
the clothes line in summer or in winter at -40 outside. The laundry would be freeze dried
in the winter. Mom would bring in the stiff sheets like a sheets of plywood. Once thawed
they would be dry.

John played the tuba in the community band. I went with him to a few practices. I was
so impressed by the large shiny instrument with the deep bass sound that I later played
one in the Sea Cadet band.

We would climb up to the top of the hills above Katepwa Lake. You had to be careful of
the spear grass. It speared through your skin, usually your ankles, and it hurt. The
Qu’Appelle Valley is absolutely stunning with it’s gently rolling green hills and lakes.

The big grey cat gave birth to a bunch of kittens in the beach bag…the bag mom would
put all our beach stuff when we were going to the lake. It was striped, like the coat of
many colours and looked quite beach like. It was exciting having the kittens. We gave
our cat and kittens away to a farm. I wasn’t impressed when my brother told me a few
months later that a cow had stepped on the cat and accidentally killed it.

The Jardines lived on the north end of town. They lived in a large house that used to be
a barn. It was very interesting with its high ceilings and mezzanine floors. Mr. Jardine
was a carpenter. Dad hired him to finish off the construction on our cottage. Mrs.
Jardine was a seamstress. Sometimes she would make custom dresses for mom. I
would go with her to their house. Mrs. Jardine had a few dress mannequins to fit the
dresses on. I liked the lights on their Christmas tree. It had lights shaped like candles
with liquid inside that bubbled. Each light had different colours of liquid.

I visited a friend from school for the first time. He lived on the edge of town. I was
literally overwhelmed by their ‘bathroom’. It consisted of a 5 gallon pail in a closet. Very
odoriferous to say the least. It was winter. Going outside to the outhouse in -30 weather
wasn’t a pleasant experience.

A friend and I were aghast when we saw a dead robin hung on a clothesline over a
strawberry patch. We were shocked that little old lady who lived there would do such a
cruel thing. The robin was caught eating her berries. Did the dead robin really stop other
robins from landing in the patch? Someone told me the way to catch a bird is to sprinkle
salt on its tail. It seemed plausible to me at the time.

On very cold prairie winter nights, every window in the house would display a beautiful
frosty masterpiece created by Jack Frost. On those nights, as I was snug in my warm
bed, I would hear the lonely sound of the steam engine whistle as it approached then
passed by Indian Head. I would see how long I could hear it after it went by. The sound
traveled for miles in the still winter air.

I loved the Sunday school picnic. It was held out at the Forestry Farm. There were the
usual games like the wheelbarrow and three legged races. Most of all I loved the ice
cream dixie cups. They would hand them out to everyone along with a wooden dixie cup
spoon. I thought they were the best tasting invention ever.

Indian Head had the annual summer fair. Dad worked in the Legion’s pop stand. I’d go
over there and he’d buy me a 7UP. I read the back of the 7UP bottle, “You like it, it likes
you”. That certainly made sense to me. I’d also ask for more ride money.

I blew a fuse in the house one day. Dad was away on a trip. It was dark out. I found an
pair of small pruning sheers, old orange ones with the peeling paint. I picked them up
and cut the lamp cord in half. I didn’t get a shock because a fuse blew immediately. We
were all in the dark until mom managed to find a flashlight get a new fuse in.
I did get a shock when I stuck my finger in the lamp socket above my bed one day. My
whole body seemed to vibrate with the shock. The bulb had burned out but not

When we wore out the knees in our jeans, mom would take the back pockets off then
sew them on the knees. I hated my brother’s hand-me-downs. He was 5 years older so
they were really out of style and old by the time I got them. Mom used her Singer
Sewing Machine fairly often. No electricity required…just pump the iron treadle and the
machine would run. I liked playing with the treadle.

Indian Head will always be dear to my heart. Being Canada’s 150th birthday this year, I
thought I would share my early experiences as a young boy living in this truly Canadian
prairie town.

I am now almost 69 years old and living in Courtenay, BC. My career was focused in the
hospitality industry. First as a journeyman chef. I was Sous Chef at the Sheraton Hotel
in Ottawa when the hotel was chosen to cater a 350 guest banquet with Queen
Elizabeth at the head table in the Charlotte Whitton Room at Ottawa City Hall. Pierre
Elliot’s household waiters served the head table. I still have the menu.
Working in hotels across Canada, first as a chef, then a general manager, I experienced
the cultures of many countries through my dear co-workers. Italian, Swiss, French,
French Canadian, Portuguese, Lebanese, Jamaicans, German are to name a few.
These were hard working people who saw the fabulous opportunities for themselves
and their families in Canada. I liked learning about their countries, customs and food.
I’m your typical Anglo Saxon. My family emigrated from England, Scotland and Ireland
around 1820. I consider myself to be an immigrant equal to an immigrant or refugee
who just arrived yesterday. I appreciate Canada’s kindness in welcoming refugees and
immigrants to our country. That makes me very proud to be a Canadian! Our welcoming
nature is Canada’s strength. Newcomers are welcomed with open arms and receive
help in establishing themselves. They are forever grateful to their new country and work
hard to contribute to their new society.

My great grandfathers fought for the Province of Canada in 1860 in the Militia of
Canada even before Canada’s Confederation. They were fighting against the Fenians
who were conducting raids Ontario. They were coming over from the United States. My
grandfather George Richard Bradley was a Major in WWI.

The long history of my family in Canada doesn’t make me better than any refugees or
immigrants who have just arrived here. To me, we are all immigrants. Canada enjoys
peace and tranquility among its people. We are very lucky in that respect. It’s actually
not so much luck. Immigrants and refugees are welcomed here and treated well. When
you treat people well after you’ve invited them in, they respect that. That’s the reason
we don’t have a lot of trouble here. I hope we bring many more people into the country. I
have noticed that immigrants who are fairly new here…within the last 25 years, are
resentful of more refugees coming to Canada. I kindly remind them that this is what
Canada is about, helping people when they need help to come to a safe country.
Canada is truly the greatest country in the world. Let’s stay on course.

The Town Office will be closed on the following days:

-Monday December 25th, 2017

-Tuesday December 26th, 2017

-Monday January 1st, 2018

The Town Office will also be closed on Tuesday January 2nd, 2018 for year-end processing.

Happy Holidays!

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Please ensure the first two pages of the application are returned to the Town Office before the February 23, 2018 Deadline.

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To celebrate Canada’s 150th, the Indian Head Community Development Committee is sponsoring the publication of accounts from the Indian Head History Book (1984), celebrating stories of its founding families.


The School Pony

Story from the Indian Head History Book (1984)

by Jean Billett

As the days of the "little red schoolhouse" gradually fade into the past, so also will the days of the old school horse. Many a tale can be told of both However, as far as a school horse goes, we feel our "Minnie" stands out as a living memorial of that faithful breed.

She became part of our lives thirteen years ago when we bought her from a neighbour, who recommended her as a dependable school horse. She was a young horse then of 27 years: Today she is 38. She still makes a daily trip to school when the weather is fit for open air driving. Her sleek bay coat, thick black mane and tail and alert arch of her neck belie her age She has a work horse build but has never been used as such. It finally fell to her lot to tote howling, screaming humanity back and forth from the "little red school house" with very calm reserve.

The eight :children of our family and others have taken their turn driving Minnie to school through the years, but I have reason to believe that it was really Minnie who took them. She had her own plodding gait, depending on the direction and the climate. Going off in the morning she seemed as reluctant to get to school as the children were. However, at home time the last foot was hardly off the ground before she was homeward bound. A hot, sultry day called for A more leisurely pace. On One such day Minnie was sighted plodding across a field after school with a seemingly empty buggy. On closer inspection it was discovered that the two young occupants had stretched out on the seat and floor of the buggy for a nap! On another occasion,: having been directed in a different, roundabout route, all the shouting and jerking on the lines were of no use - she still insisted on the usual cross-country trail, and jogged along in what appeared to be a stubborn mood. On hearing this I felt a little disappointed in Minnie, in that she had defied orders. My faith was soon restored when it was realized that the lines were not hooked to the bridle and, hitched in this way, she could feel no direction from the lines. Proving that, when youth fails, Minnie carries on.

Minnie is taking things a little easier now but during her years with us she was really put through her paces, with three boisterous boys demanding much of her. Those were the days of the school horse and buggy races, making the homeward journey a very adventurous one. Away they would go clattering across the stony stubble-and the furrowed fields, her excited driver pushing on the lines and urging her on to her very limit, or rather, as much as she would allow herself to be urged. She always won by a nose which caused her young charges to hold their heads up with pride among their classmates. However, a race was a race, but on other occasions all the yelling and switching would not disturb her out of her own plodding way. Nevertheless her speed was always accommodated to youthful activities. During the winter days if they fell off the toboggan tied behind the cutter they could always catch up and jump on again for another hilarious tumble in -the snow. Snowballing could also be carried on very effectively while on the move. In the balmier days of spring, Minnie would wait obligingly, nibbling a few choice tufts of grass, while her young charges gathered birds' eggs, gopher tails or perhaps baby in which they would tuck securely in their lunch kits! Minnie never as much as raised an eyebrow at these "goings on". She minded her own business and never meddled.

In the later years, Minnie was the only school horse to make the daily trip to our country school and her many admirers awaited her coming. Eager and loving hands helped unhitch her and escort her to the stall in the old school barn. Finding herself dependent on thoughtless youth, she sometimes waited in vain for her noon-day feed. The bale of choice hay would sit forgotten in the back of the buggy. The young driver would discover it at "home time" and fearing it would show proof of negligence, would toss it into an empty stall. Quite a few bales would collect as a silent reminder of Minnie's forgotten dinners. But Minnie held no grudges and performed her task unstintingly. However she did not believe in pampering and pulled no punches. She thought it quite proper to wander off in the direction of home during school hours, if her young attendant forgot to tether her securely on fine summer days when she was allowed in the pasture. Patience was put to the test as a weary, dust-laden boy trudged after her. Despite what he thought of her exasperating behavior she had to be coaxed, in the most appealing manner, before she would allow a hand to be laid on her. There was the day I was surprised to see Minnie in the middle of the afternoon, childless and buggy-less, refreshing herself with a cool drink at the trough in the barnyard. The young driver would have to walk all the way home to get Minnie and then ride her all the way back to get the buggy. This was an effective lesson in competence and Minnie knew how to teach it.

The youth, just newly grown up would look down on Minnie's mode of conveyance and talk of speedways and sports cars but nevertheless, as they reminisce of the days she carted them to and fro, it is quite evident, that they have happy memories forever embedded in their hearts. She was their first real responsibility. Standing on a box to adjust her harness, must have been like harnessing a mountain, to a fifth grader. Minnie would stand patiently while young hands fiddled and fumbled in their task. She did her best to back between the shafts of the buggy even though she was being gee-ed and haw-ed in the wrong direction, then she would seem to glance behind to see if all were ready. As first Minnie then the buggy, with its precious cargo, rounded the corner out of sight, in my heart I was saying, "Take care of them Minnie." Many a happy and care-free time was spent with Minnie but there were also tears. In the few upsetting incidents that did occur she was found blameless and always kept her head when all about her were losing theirs. A rein pulled too short when going out the gate would mean a tangle of barbed wire, buggy and post and many tears. Then the oldest one, no matter how young, took command of the situation and Minnie would calmly nibble grass till tears were dried and all was sorted out and in order again. Tears never meant injury but rather surprise and fright, which gave a good springboard to a very spectacular story for the retelling. She gave our youngest three the surprise of their lives the day she dropped in her tracks, within a short distance of the school. Down she went headfirst, biting the dust, breaking the buggy shaft and twisting her neck in a very grotesque manner. The young occupants scrambled out in shocked horror. The youngest, a first-grader, broke into tears. The second youngest, trembling from head to foot, tried to console him. The oldest, a sixth-grader, made a beeline for the school telephone. His tense, high-pitched voice shrieked out the terrible happenings that Minnie was either dead or at best she had broken her neck. Meanwhile back at the scene of the accident Minnie unscrambled herself and with a few brisk shakes quickly regained her composure. By the time we arrived to appraise the situation, all was serene. The frightened young had been gathered into the security of their classes. Down at the barn Minnie was quietly chewing on hay. The only evidence of the incident was the broken buggy shaft and Minnie's skinned nose. She tossed her head as we peered in at her, as much as to say, "Oh, skip-it". I must confess, thru' loyalty to Minnie, I was tempted not to record this incident. The cause of her stumble is a mystery. However it did not detract from the trust we had in her.

Back and forth she went through the years--never a day absent when she was needed. Like modern teachers who work to nearly the last day Minnie was not to be outdone. She kept her secret well--after all who would have thought at her age (31) that three days after school duties were done and she was turned loose to pasture she would give birth to a filly colt! The adults were surprised and the children delighted. In six- weeks' time she was ready to step back into harness and the usual school-day routine again with her young colt Penny frolicking along at her side-incidentally not far from the generous supply of nourishment. Minnie took this dual role in her stride keeping everybody happy, by always putting first things first.

To the first-grader Minnie is viewed with love and respect. It was her presence that gave a little fellow courage to venture out on the strange road "the other side of the windbreak" that led to school. He never felt far from home with Minnie nearby. It was always a comfort to balance on the edge of the manger beside her in the school barn. Then that queer feeling in the stomach that came from being away from home and mother would just fade away to nothing. The heart of the eleven-year-old harboured no such sentiment. In a young boy's life there is a time when he does not love Minnie the school horse--those are the years when he feels the urge for independence. Her plodding ways irritate his restless spirit. Minnie's image becomes a big black blob that casts a shadow over his colorful imagining. She cannot be fitted in with cowboys, Indians and bucking broncos by any stretch of the imagination. She becomes a task that is irksome, making him rise an hour earlier Monday morning, to catch her after her week-end of freedom in the pasture. Minnie was not hard to catch when found but the search always ended in the furthest corner. She would be standing, quietly watching, as the boy drew near with reluctant steps, bridle dangling along in the dust. She was no more eager to give up her freedom than the boy was to catch her. However, in later years these tiresome tasks became pleasant memories of school days.

Yes, Minnie has been many things to many people. Regardless of color or creed, she has carted them all to "the little red school house". In our hearts she will live forever.

The Town of Indian Head invites proposals for the contract position to provide caretaking services for the Town Office, Library and Memorial Hall. For detailed information please visit the Town’s website or obtain a hard copy from the Town Office. Proposals must include relative experience, wage expectations, a police background check and any other information you feel will enhance your proposal.

Proposals will be accepted by the undersigned until 12:00 o’clock noon, Monday, October 30, 2017.

Unsealed or late proposals will not be accepted. Proposals must be clearly marked “TOWN OFFICE, LIBRARY AND MEMORIAL HALL CARETAKING SERVICES” on the outside of the envelope.

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Town of Indian Head
P.O. Box 460
Indian Head, SK S0G 2K0

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To celebrate Canada’s 150th, the Indian Head Community Development Committee is sponsoring the publication of accounts from the Indian Head History Book (1984), celebrating stories of its founding families.

On August 17, 1882 a request was sent to the Postmaster General signed by 105 settlers that he "establish a Post Office here where it is very much needed at present". At this time the settlement was known as South Qu'Appelle. In his letter which accompanied the settlers' petition, William Walsh writes: "The settlers have now to go to Fort Qu'Appelle about 20 miles north of here for their letters and they find it very inconvenient to have to go so far as they lose a great deal of time and some of them have not the means of going such a distance." The settlers requested that the Post Office be established in the store of William Walsh and that he be appointed Postmaster "he being a fit and proper person to conduct same". Accompanying the settlers' request and the letter from Mr. Walsh was a recommendation from Capt. Thomas Scott, MP for the City of Winnipeg.

In his report to the Postmaster General W.W. McLeod, the Divisional Inspector for the region writes: "Indian another important station. It is distant about 22 miles from the Qu'Appelle and 12 miles now from the Troy Post Office. It is here that the now well known Bell Farming Company have their headquarters. One of the managers informed me that the Company already employed seventy-four and that they expected to give employment to fourteen hundred within three years. The neighborhood is a good and well settled one, and an Office would prove a great accommodation to a very large number of persons. Mr. Robert Crawford (late of Brockville, Ontario) is recommended for the Postmastership. A daily service of the proposed Office from the Station would cost about $80.00 per annum".

Three weeks later on Oct. 7 Mr. Robert R. Coleman wrote to the Post Master General in a letter headed: "Indian Head Station CPR, South Qu'Appelle, Oct.7, 1882." He begins by mentioning the requisition signed by the 105 settlers requesting that Mr. William Walsh be appointed Post Master and the endorsement by Capt. Scott, MP. He goes on to write: "Lately another applicant in the person of Mr. Crawford, connected with the Bell Farming Co. says he will be appointed Post Master and needs no requisition from the settlers. If this should occur the settlers will think it very unjust as Mr. Walsh has been chosen the most capable person and certainly the one most suited for the position of Post Master." Just a week later Inspector McLeod wrote the Post Master General that Post Offices had been opened at Indian Head and Moosomin. The Post Office at Indian Head was to be "under the charge of Mr. Robert Crawford". He goes on to say, "The Postmaster in each case is to perform the mail service at the same rate $78.00 per annum. I have supplied these Offices with such equipment and blanks as will enable them to carry on the work for a time, and I have also furnished each of them with Postage Stamps to the value of $54.00". He then tells the Post Master General, "I have in each instance selected the person who seemed to be the best qualified and best prepared for the duties of acting Postmaster, and I have been careful to particularly inform the parties that my action would give them no claim to a regular appointment".

Barely two weeks later a letter from Capt. Thomas Scott to the Postmaster General reads, "Mr. Walsh is in every sense worthy of your favorable consideration. I would respectfully urge that you do not overlook this as I think it is incumbent upon the Government to grant this little favor to Mr. Walsh as he has for many years been a strong supporter of the Conservative Party".

In a letter dated two months later, Dec. 18, 1882, from Mr. W. Sweetman, the Postmaster General is informed that "Mr. Robert Crawford, a good Conservative, and an excellent man in every way, was our Postmaster at Red Rock, Lake Superior, seven or eight years." He continues, "He tells me that an effort is being made by Mr. W.W. Walsh to secure the appointment. If it be not too late I should be very glad if you could see your way to placing the office in the hands of Mr. Robert Crawford...Mr. Crawford would make a Postmaster of the best possible kind".

Mr. Crawford held the position of Postmaster until his death in 1897, a term of 15 years.

The next Postmaster was James Harvey. His term lasted from 1898 to 1906 when he resigned. The Post Office business was conducted in a store and also in part of the old Mainline Motors building which is now demolished. When Arthur Leach became Postmaster in 1906 he built a new Post Office building.

Arthur Leach had come to Canada in 1886 crossing the ocean in a sailing ship owned by his father. He made his first connection with the post office that same year as a mail driver. His route was from Abernethy to Balcarres and return; from Abernethy to Blackwood, to Katepwe, to Indian Head. As the country settled Saltoun and Kenlis were added.

Nowhere in Saskatchewan is there a harder route to travel than that district was in certain times of the year when roads were poor or non-existent. The thermometer registered 53 degrees below zero the morning of his very first trip. Mr. Leach delivered mail by dog team, horses, ferry and later by automobile, through blizzards or floods or whatever nature had to offer. An account in "The Prairie Witness" May 11, 1904 relates: "Arthur Leach had another narrow escape last week while bringing the mail from Kenlis. When crossing the ferry at Katepwe one of the ropes broke. The ferry was swept down-stream by the current, a wire hawser drawing across and throwing the horses into the water some eight feet deep, where they hung suspended. The wheel of the mail wagon was caught on the railing. Leach dived under the ferry and after considerable trouble and danger to himself (he was kicked in the head and leg) managed to swim the team to shore. After this he secured a boat and landed the mail. All this was done in ice-cold water and Arthur deserves the heartiest congratulations for the extremely plucky manner in which he saved the mail and horses. Had he not been such a clever swimmer he would have lost his life when the accident happened for he was thrown out and came up underneath the scow." Arthur Leach took charge of the post office in May, 1906. After every inspection letters of praise came from the district superintendent. In his desk were many communications of praise from the great, the near-great and the lowly.

In January 1911 a few postmasters met in the King's Hotel in Regina to discuss and form the Saskatchewan branch of the Postmasters' Association. Mr. Leach was its first president. He was vice-president for many years until the pressure of work became too heavy. The whole of Canada owes a debt to Indian Head's postmaster who placed before the convention held in Saskatoon July 1924 a resolution to raise the parcel post limit from 11 to 25 pounds. His arguments were so sound and driven home with such vigor that the Post Office Department made the change as speedily as possible.

Mr. Leach took the oath of allegiance to every sovereign from Queen Victoria to King George VI. In 1911 he had his only holiday in the whole of his years as postmaster. That year he went to England on the "Coronation Boat", the last ship to carry visitors to the coronation of George V. The passenger list included the names of Canada's highest officials including that of the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Wilfred Laurier. Mr. Leach received and accepted an invitation to attend the Lord Mayor's banquet at the Guildhall which the newly-crowned King and Queen graced with their presence.

Mr. Leach remained as postmaster until his death in December 1949. It was at this time that a mail carrier service was established between the CPR station and the Post Office by a mail carrier who contracted each year for the job. This service continued until the 1970's when it was taken over entirely by a contracted trucking service. The carriers in town with the longest service were Frank Ashmore and Harold Fisher.

Arthur Wilfred Leach followed his father as Postmaster until his death in 1955. Miss Dorothy Elizabeth Watson had been a post office assistant since 1937 so was appointed Postmaster in 1956. The Post Office was moved into a new Federal Government building in 1961. After her marriage in 1968 D.E. Ashmore remained in office until March, 1973 when she retired after 35 years of service.

Jack Maddia, the present Postmaster, came in 1973 and since then Mrs. Beverley Fell served as Acting Postmaster for a few months when Jack was on a course in Saskatoon in 1981-82.
On Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1982 Indian Head and area customers, friends and employees attended the official Centennial celebrations of the Post office and were treated to birthday cake and coffee.

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Notice of Basal Spraying

As part of our Dutch Elm Disease management strategy, the Town of Indian Head will be contracting Green Drop Tree Care to basal spray targeted American Elm trees in your area. The bottom meter of the tree is sprayed using a hand held sprayer. There is no spray in the air and the product dries quickly. Tree Health Care technicians may require access to your property to basal spray any American Elm trees on your property and will leave written notice. Basal spraying operations will be conducted before the end of October 2017. All Tree Heath care Technicians will be driving vehicles with Green Drop company logos and wearing hi-vis safety vest with photo ID.

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DED Prevention

The annual restriction on pruning all types of elm trees ended August 31st. Homeowners are encouraged to prune their elms, throughout the fall. Each year, pruning of elm trees is prohibited from April 1st to August 31st to reduce the risk of Dutch Elm Disease (DED). The Town manages the disease in town by hiring a surveillance team to identify American Elms infected with DED and removes infected trees on public and private property. The Town also hires a company to Basal spray the base of American and Siberian Elms to kill any wintering elm bark beetles who may be carrying the disease. The province maintains a 5-mile buffer zone around Indian Head where Elms are monitored for the disease and removed to decrease the risk of transmission.

Residents can help prevent spreading DED by not transporting or storing elm firewood. Please help us keep our trees healthy! 

The Town of Indian Head has a vacancy in the EMO Coordinator position and is asking interested individuals to apply.  The EMO Coordinator works with the EMO Committee and Town Council to ensure response readiness and appropriate levels of response to emergency situations in and around the Town of Indian Head.  The position is reimbursed on an honorarium basis.  Interested individuals are asked to apply in writing to the Town Administrator, at Box 460, SOG 2K0 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  For more information please contact the Town Office at 695-3344. The Town is also looking for additional EMO Committee members, if interested please contact the Town Office.



Emergency Doors Replacement at the A.J.M. Davies Arena


The Town of Indian Head invites sealed tenders to remove and replace four sets of double emergency doors at the A.J.M. Davies Arena.  Unsealed or late tenders will not be accepted.  For the detailed information package or for more information please visit the Town Website at or by contacting the Community Development Office @ 695-2742. Tenders will be accepted by the undersigned until 12:00 o’clock noon, Monday, September 25, 2017.

Lowest or any tender not necessarily accepted.

                                                Town of Indian Head

                                                P.O. Box 460

                                                Indian Head, SK   S0G 2K0


Detailed Information Package  *This tender does not require the doors to be fire-rated*


To celebrate Canada’s 150th, the Indian Head Community Development Committee is sponsoring the publication of accounts from the Indian Head History Book (1984), celebrating stories of its founding families.

This piece is called “Town Trivia” written by Austin Dewar*

  • The first cemetery was located on the north east corner of the townsite. This was very low land and as a result many of the caskets floated to the top. Early in 1900 the cemetery was moved west to the north west of the townsite where it remains to this day. Most of the buried caskets were recovered and moved but some old-timers have said that quite a number were missed. This we'll never know.
  • The Cricket Club with the club house on the south side of sports grounds, had a large porch for visitors and players to "sip" tea.
  • We had a gopher-poison factory located in the Clem Peltier building across the street south of the Balmoral Hotel. This was used off and on up until the early 30's by the RM of Indian Head.
  • On Railway St, just off the west end of Water Street, stood one of the largest privately owned Flour and Feed Mills in western Canada. This was started by Wm. Wilson in 1895. His head miller, Joe England, purchased it in the early 1920's and operated it until the early 1930's. It processed many grains and flour for relief food and feed projects before finally closing down.
  • The first water supply for railroad engines came from Indian Head Creek, which flows east of town about 1/4 quarter mile from the east crossing. This creek rises at Deep Lake almost south of the town a distance of 7 or 8 miles. This source was used until the town pipeline from Squirrel Hills was completed in 1905. The CPR erected a large overground storage tank that served two standpipes for east and west bound trains. This installation was used through the years until the coming of diesel engines in the late 50's (1957 and 1958).
  • The first railway station was located south of the track almost directly where Main Street and Railway Street meet. The first freight office was located west of the station and also south of the track. The first Section House (for foreman's use) was located east of the station. When the water tower became operative a new and very substantial station was built where the shell of it still stands on the CPR right-of-way across from the Memorial Park at the south end of Routledge Street. The Freight Office was moved to new quarters in the 1920's and located west of Elevator Row. A small remnant of this still stands. The Section House was abandoned and torn down in the 20's.
  • One of the 3 only streets in Indian Head with a 100-foot right-of-way is Main Street. Oddly enough, for a great many years it was the shortest street-in town. Grand Avenue and Woodward are the other two streets of 100-foot right-of-way.
  • The only house in Indian Head ever built on the compass (or square) is still standing and is located north and a little west of the station on Railway Street. Alex Badenoch Sr. (harness maker, leather goods and shoe merchant) lived there for many years.
  • The center of the townsite is located about 80 feet west of the Sports Center and about 120 feet in from Woodward. The original idea was to have the school nearly in the center of town.

*selected pieces of trivia were chosen




The Indian Head Community Development Committee (CDC) recognises and appreciates John and Linda Kort, for their submission of stories on behalf of the museum committee. Thank you so much!

For the remainder of the year, the CDC is sponsoring the publication of stories from the Indian Head History Book (1984), celebrating stories of its founding families.

The first story is called “Early Humour” by Delbert J. Polsom


Please see the information sheet below for details about the construction project on Highway 1 south of town.

Project Description Sheet

The Town of Indian Head invites proposals for the contract position to provide caretaking and security services for the lobby, dressing rooms and mezzanine of the A.J.M. Davies Arena for the 2017/2018 season. Monthly wage is negotiable and ranges from $2,500.00 to $3,500.00 depending on experience and credentials. Police background check required. Hard copies are available at the Town Office. Please contact the Community Development Office at 695-2742 if you have further questions. Proposals must include relative experience, wage expectations, a police background check and any other information you feel will enhance your proposal. Proposals will be accepted by the undersigned until 12:00 o’clock noon, Monday, August 28, 2017.

Lowest or any proposal not necessarily accepted.
Town of Indian Head
P.O. Box 460
Indian Head, SK S0G 2K0

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To celebrate Canada’s 150 Birthday, the Indian Head Community Development Committee has teamed up with the Museum to dive into the depths of their archives, searching through forgotten boxes and dusty shelves, to find the most interesting and unique artifacts from Indian Head’s past! Join the adventure by reading and make sure to visit the Museum to see the real thing!

In 1977 a group of 30 citizens from Indian Head met to organize and start a museum. At that time a new fire hall was being built for the town and it was felt that the old 1907 fire hall, an historic building itself, would be ideal for that purpose. The town agreed and the building was turned over for the museum. The original directors of the Indian Head Museum Society were: Arnold Dales, Sheila Brayford, Jean Gardner, Lloyd Pearen, Lloyd Blair, Lloyd Peterson, and Charles Oudot. These and others from the community donated thousands of hours of volunteer labour to build the museum, adding the Jubilee schoolhouse which was donated by Eleanor and Franklin Holden in 1980 and one of the 26 original 1883 Bell Cottages a year later.

The museum continues to be operated by volunteers and in 2016 had 700 visitors. One hundred and thirty came to its Open House last weekend.  Volunteers are continually accessioning artifacts which citizens donate. A recent example of this happened when Sharon Fuller who serves on the museum board worked on a donation of war medals and photos belonging to Jim Nichols brought in by Dora Nichols. The museum continues to be a place of research for many who are seeking answers to their family history. Two weeks ago, a couple from Windsor, Ontario came here especially to spend three days at the Indian Head museum sifting through the museum’s archives for information about the Donnelly family and the Brooks family. New exhibits are continually being developed. In 2015, an exhibit on the two federal agriculture stations was unveiled. Two new exhibits are in the process of being created, one about the Metis and the other about the Orange Home for Dependent Children.

History is often overlooked. Life’s busy forward thrust keeps people occupied. But there exists an unassuming gem; a timelessness that lies quietly in the heart of Indian Head; the Indian Head Museum.


September 1, 2017 Water Reduction Measures Still in Place

Thank you to everyone for your efforts to conserve water! The water storage tank supply has been remaining at consistently safe levels with our collective reduction measures in place.

The residential odd/ even watering schedule (even numbered civic addresses water on even days and odd numbered civic addresses water on odd days) will continue to be in place until further notice.

Water for agricultural use is permitted to be purchased from our bulk water tower on odd days only. RM residents may haul water for household use on even and odd days.

June 15, 2017 Updated Water Reduction Measures

Your efforts to conserve water are very much appreciated! The water storage tank appears to be handling the new odd/even watering schedule.  The Town asks that residents continue with this odd/even watering practice until future notice. This means all even numbered civic addresses are permitted to water on even numbered days of the month and odd civic addresses on odd numbered days of the month.

With the water storage tank remaining at consistent safe levels, the Town will be incorporating a schedule at the bulk water tower for agricultural users. This schedule will allow RM residents to haul water for household purposes on all days of a month and for agricultural purposes on odd days of the month. This will continue until further notice.

We are still reminding residents to be mindful with their water usage and watering regimes so we can avoid future shortages during the summer months ahead.  


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June 8, 2017 Updated Water Reduction Measures

Huge thank you to everyone for your efforts to conserve water! It’s evident based off the level in our treated water tank that everyone’s combined efforts have improved our situation! Although we no longer anticipate an impact to emergency services, we will not be completely lifting the reduction measures. We are asking residents to continue their conservation practices by adopting an even/odd watering system. This means homes with even numbered civic addresses can water on even days (June 2nd, 4th....) and homes with odd numbered civic addresses can water on odd days (June 1st, 3rd...). We are still asking residents to be mindful of the amount of water they use as we monitor the tank levels with this new watering schedule. 

Until further notice farm water is still restricted to household use only.

Please follow best practices if you choose to water your lawn and please refrain from watering during the heat of the day.

We thank everyone for their efforts to conserve water! Keep up the great work! 

June 5, 2017 Water Restrictions in place

Due to high water usage, the well and water treatment plant have been unable to meet the demand. We are asking for your immediate cooperation in reducing the amount of water bring used inside and outside your homes and business until further notice.

Spray Park operations have been suspended until these reduction measures have been lifted.

The Water Tower is only available for household use and operational from 8:00am - 5:00pm until further notice. 

Please check here for updates.

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To celebrate Canada’s 150 Birthday, the Indian Head Community Development Committee has teamed up with the Museum to dive into the depths of their archives, searching through forgotten boxes and dusty shelves, to find the most interesting and unique artifacts from Indian Head’s past! Join the adventure by reading and make sure to visit the Museum to see the real thing!

The Indian Head Museum remembers:

The Orange Home in Indian Head was a home for dependent children that operated for 83 years (1923-2006). The painting shown is an artefact in the Indian Head Museum which marks the 50th anniversary of the existence of the Orange Home. It was painted by E. McDermott in 1973 and was donated to the museum. The Orange Home was an important institution in Indian Head, from its opening on November 29, 1923 until the last child left on June 27, 2006.

At the suggestion of Indian Head resident John Blair, members of Indian Head’s local Orange Lodge (#1665) went to the 1919 provincial meeting of the Grand Lodges of Saskatchewan in Moose Jaw with an offer to acquire 26 acres of land in Indian Head if the provincial body would approve the construction of a Protestant home for children on the site. At that time, the Roman Catholic Church provided care for children whose parents were unable to care for them. The Orange Lodge considered it important that children from Protestant homes should be cared for in a Protestant environment and created the Orange Benevolent Society for the purpose of raising funds and governing the operation of the new home. The Orange Home was not created as an orphanage – it was not intended for parentless children.

The first children to come to the Orange Home were six siblings from Prince Albert whose mother had died and whose father asked the Orange Home to care for them. The number of children quickly became so great that the Orange Benevolent Society built a second building the following year. One of the buildings (Pavilion #2) was designated for boys and Pavilion #1 was for the girls. The maximum age for children at the Orange Home was eighteen.

In addition to the Orange Home in town, the Orange Home Farm (Downing Memorial Orange Home Farm for Boys) was created in 1944 on 560 acres just southeast of Indian Head that was donated by William Downing. Older boys lived there and were engaged in farm activities such as growing crops, gardening and raising livestock and poultry. A new farmhouse which was suitable for accommodating the boys was built in 1966.

A Recreation Hall was constructed in 1953 between the two pavilions which had been connected by an underground tunnel a few years earlier. By 1984, over 1,000 children had lived at the Orange Home or Orange Home Farm, some for short periods and some for many years. The children were all enrolled at Indian Head elementary School or Indian Head High School. During the 83 years of its operation, most children of Indian Head and district would have been classmates with children from the Orange Home. The institution and the children who lived there were, for many years, a normal part of the fabric of Indian Head Society. Many dedicated Indian Head residents worked at the Orange Home and the Farm over those years.

As the institution of the Orange Home was wound down in the years before its closure, the buildings and land were sold or re-purposed. The Orange Home Farm is now a private residence, while Hayes’ Haven was built on the site of Pavilion #1, the girls’ Pavilion. The Recreation Hall was retained for the benefit of the residents of Hayes’ Haven.

Submitted by: John Kort, Indian Head Museum – with information from the Indian Head History Book and research by Kaiden Thompson – museum volunteer.



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The Town of Indian Head invites applications from post-secondary or high-school students for the position of seasonal parks and green space maintenance.  Two positions are available and the positions will begin in July and run till the end of August.  Successful applicants will be expected to perform a variety of general maintenance duties in and around Indian Head such as grass cutting and trimming, weeding of flowerbeds, garbage pickup within parks, sunbeam creek trail maintenance such as weeding, painting and repair of benches and picnic tables, pruning of trees and other miscellaneous duties as assigned.  The successful applicants will operate equipment such as mowers, power tools and other equipment as directed.  Applicants must possess a valid Class 5 Driver’s License as well as a clean driver’s abstract.

Applicants interested in the above noted positions are required to apply in writing to the undersigned by 12:00 noon on Wednesday June 7, 2017.

The applicant must provide information with respect to qualifications and experience.  Related experience would be an asset.  The above noted positions wage is $12.00 per hour.

Please submit applications to:

Town of Indian Head

C/O Cam Thauberger

P.O. Box 460

Indian Head, SK   S0G 2K0

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The Town of Indian Head has released an invitation to tender for an LED light system upgrade at the AJM Davies Arena. The deadline to submit a tender is May 23, 2017. Please see the link for more information or by contacting Community Development at 695-2742.

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To celebrate Canada’s 150 Birthday, the Indian Head Community Development Committee has teamed up with the Museum to dive into the depths of their archives, searching through forgotten boxes and dusty shelves, to find the most interesting and unique artifacts from Indian Head’s past! Join the adventure by reading and make sure to visit the Museum to see the real thing!

As you enter the Indian Head Museum’s Agricultural Stations display about the Forestry Farm and the Experimental Farm, your eye lights on a beautiful old desk on which stands a portrait of “Angus MacKay – Superintendent 1888 – 1915.”

Two men left Pickering, Ontario for the North West in the spring of 1882, intent on establishing a farming company somewhere near the CPR railway then under construction. Angus MacKay and Eli Williamson brought a railway car full of agricultural equipment and household effects as far as St. Paul, Minnesota, before turning north on the line toward Winnipeg. Because of a record flood on the Red River that spring, they were delayed at Halleck, Minnesota. Halleck was the same place where Major William R. Bell had managed the large Kelso Farm. MacKay and Williamson were to get to know Major Bell later at Indian Head. Because of further flooding delays, it was not until June 15 that the two men arrived at Indian Head, where they were soon joined by Edward Boone and Robert Miller, their other two partners in the MacKay Farming Company. The four partners farmed their lands in cooperation until they dissolved the company in 1887, when each of MacKay’s partners took his own share of the land to farm on his own.

But Angus MacKay made a different choice. In 1886, the Experimental Farms Act had been passed. In addition to a Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa, the new director, Dr. William Saunders, had to choose where to locate four regional Experimental Farms and met MacKay in Indian Head in December, 1886. MacKay was invited to Ottawa in the summer of 1887 and, that fall, accompanied Dr. Saunders on a tour of the North West to choose the site for the territorial Experimental Farm.  Once Indian Head was chosen, Saunders appointed MacKay as superintendent and an official announcement was made at an oyster supper at Indian Head’s Commercial Hotel in February, 1888. MacKay continued as superintendent for the next 26 years, finally retiring in 1913 at the age of 73. He was sometimes called the “Grand Old Man of Saskatchewan.”

Angus MacKay was born in Pickering, Ontario, on January 3, 1840. He grew up on the family farm and took it over when his father passed away. He married Elizabeth Gunn and they had four children – Donald, Edith, Robert and Agnes. While living a very busy professional life, MacKay was also an active member of the Indian Head community and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. He lived in Indian Head until his death on June 10, 1931 at the age of 91. He was buried in the Indian Head Cemetery.

The influence and accomplishments of Angus MacKay went far beyond the town he lived in for 49 years. The impact of the agricultural demonstrations and testing conducted at the Experimental Farm was felt throughout the prairies. MacKay oversaw the introduction and testing of fruits, vegetables, trees and shrubs, field crops and all manner of livestock and poultry.

The raising and distribution of trees for shelter on the prairies was initiated by Angus MacKay and soon the demand for seedlings was so large that a separate station – the Forestry Farm – was created to supply it. MacKay’s name was also associated with the testing and introduction of Marquis wheat. This variety was first developed by Dr. Saunders in 1892. The Red Fife wheat that farmers were trying to grow usually froze because it did not ripen fast enough for the short prairie season. When Marquis became available, wheat production suddenly became feasible and profitable on the prairies. Because of his great lifetime contributions to the development of agriculture on the prairies, Angus MacKay, at the age of 82, received his doctorate, conferred on him by the University of Saskatchewan in 1922. Doctor Angus MacKay’s desk helps us remember his contributions and the many contributions to western agriculture by the Indian Head Experimental Farm. 

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What is an Age Friendly Community?

  • An Age Friendly Community is one that provides support in a number of areas, such as housing , transportation, and social inclusion for all members of our community.

An Age Friendly Committee that will include representation for all ages is currently working to organize a steering voice to improve access for everyone. This committee should include daycares, schools, businesses, organizations, churches, and seniors . If you would like to be represented and have input on this, please call Gwen Johner at 306-695-2654.

We would like to think that our community is already inclusive for all ages, but we want to know what the gaps and strengths are.

Help us by filling out a questionnaire linked below. Homeowners will receive the paper questionnaire in their water bills, others will be distributed. Please click the link below for the online survey. If you do not receive one and are willing to help by filling one out, extras will be available at the town office .Based on the data from this questionnaire, areas that need to be looked at more closely will be dealt with. These may include our  infrastructure, schools, events or activities , health, employment or getting the word out in a much better way. Hopefully outcomes such as intergenerational events or programs will also happen.

We encourage you to complete the survey. Your input will be valuable for the future quality of life that we enjoy in Indian Head. Your participation is voluntary. Your comments most welcome. We hope to make our community inclusive and safe for all ages and abilities.

Thank you!

  • Please complete the survey before April 18th 


To celebrate Canada’s 150 Birthday, the Indian Head Community Development Committee has teamed up with the Museum to dive into the depths of their archives, searching through forgotten boxes and dusty shelves, to find the most interesting and unique artifacts from Indian Head’s past! Join the adventure by reading and make sure to visit the Museum to see the real thing! 

A small but elegant brown chair has been in Indian Head for 132 years, brought here in 1885 by resident Joseph Glenn. Glenn had arrived in 1882 and started a feed and livery stable, hauling goods and delivering mail to local settlers.

In 1885, 25-year-old Glenn, like many young men of the Indian Head area, volunteered to assist General Middleton’s forces by freighting, scouting or other jobs. Joseph Glenn was a dispatch rider and escorted reporters that accompanied Middleton’s troops.

After battling Gabriel Dumont and his Métis forces at Fish Creek, General Middleton moved his army north toward Batoche. Arriving at Gabriel’s Crossing, Middleton ordered his troops to burn Dumont’s house and buildings. While doing this, some men took souvenirs. Joseph Glenn got this chair which, many years later, his daughter-in-law donated to the museum.

Gabriel Dumont, born in 1837, was a skilled buffalo hunter with a forceful personality. He was a great horseman with deadly aim, able to load and fire his gun at a full gallop. He had learned well from his father, Isidore, and his father-in-law, Jean-Baptiste Wilkie, the “great war chief” of the Métis buffalo hunt in the mid-1800s. Gabriel Dumont later became the general of the hunt.

In 1872, as the bison herds dwindled, Gabriel and his wife, Madeleine, built a log house beside the South Saskatchewan River, where Gabriel operated a ferry. Gabriel’s Crossing was near the present highway bridge east of Rosthern – now called Gabriel’s Bridge. The Dumonts soon added a store and other buildings. They also farmed there, while Gabriel Dumont continued to lead periodic buffalo hunts. When people said “Gabriel”, everyone knew who they meant.

In 1884, the Métis community felt threatened by the influx of white settlers. Their petitions to Ottawa, asking clarification of their property rights, went unanswered. Gabriel and three companions  went to Montana to fetch Louis Riel. As their petitions finally turned into armed confrontation, Gabriel stood by Riel, and led the Métis volunteers in battle at Duck Lake, Fish Creek and Batoche. Afterwards, Gabriel and Madeleine fled to Montana, where Madeleine contracted tuberculosis and died in early 1886.  Soon after, Gabriel joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and spent three months in Philadelphia, New York and other eastern US venues.

In 1893, Gabriel returned to the South Saskatchewan and built a small cabin near Batoche. He died suddenly of a heart attack on May 19, 1906. His gravestone overlooks the South Saskatchewan River in the Batoche cemetery.

The chair at the museum evokes the everyday life of the Dumonts and their neighbours.  The Dumonts’ house was the social hub of the Métis community at Gabriel’s Crossing. We can imagine a young woman sitting on it, as she waits for the next jig; or Madeleine Dumont dozing on it by the fire while Gabriel ferries a late traveller across the river; or Gabriel playing cards with neighbours on a winter evening. The chair helps us to understand something of the history of the Métis people of Saskatchewan.



Thank you to the community organizations who applied for Sask Lotteries funding this year! The application window has closed. 

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Please note, the Final Report form and corresponding receipts are due no later than December 10, 2017 to allow proper processing before our fiscal year end. If the necessary documentation is not completed and handed in to the Town Office, the Community Development Committee may reallocate your portion to other organizations in need of funding.


Euphemia (Riddick) Dixon’s painting hangs prominently on the second floor of the museum beside that of her husband, William Dixon.  She and William and their three children arrived at Indian Head in 1882, part of the rush to take up farmland as the CPR was being pushed through this area. She was a strong pioneer woman who was an inspiration to all who knew her – having gone through trials, tribulations and triumphs that we can only marvel at.

Euphemia Riddick was born in Scotland in 1832 and came to London, Ontario as a young woman. There she met a young farmer, William Dixon, another Scot, and they were married in 1860. By 1871, they were living near London with a family of four, a daughter and three sons. Their family continued to grow, with six more children born to them. Then tragedy struck them as a wave of Black Diphtheria claimed the lives of six of their ten children, leaving them only with Margaret, Alexander (Ike), Annie and Fred.

Leaving their Ontario farm behind, Euphemia and Wiliam and their three youngest children followed their recently married eldest daughter, Margaret and her husband, James Conn, to Winnipeg and overwintered there in the winter of 1881-1882. In the spring of 1882, they proceeded further west, going by train as far as the end of the line just west of Brandon and completing the trip by Red River cart. Margaret and James followed the next year.

At first, they stayed in the new settlement that was to become the town of Indian Head. At that time, it consisted of few buildings – Robert Crawford’s store being in a tent. Euphemia ran a boarding house in the town, until they and their son, Ike, separately filed for homesteads north of Indian Head in 1883. Once this was done, the Dixons settled in the Wide Awake District.

Euphemia made sure that their newly constructed log house became the centre of the community, the latch string always being on the outside of the door. Her home became the district’s Methodist church and they used a large log granary as the first school in the area. Their home was always a welcome haven for neighbours, passing clergy and other visitors. Euphemia was the district’s midwife – perhaps the reason she was called “Mother Dixon”.

Murray Brooks, son of Edwin and Nellie Brooks, told of the birth of his younger sister Mary, who “chose to arrive on the scene during a terrific blizzard … well under forty below.” When his father set off with the horse and cutter to get the doctor, “… it got so bad he couldn’t face it. He turned off to get ‘Mother Dixon’, the grand old lady who had already been with Mother when three previous children had been born … he made the two miles safely and, having packed Mrs. Dixon into the sleigh, started back for home. He was now facing the blizzard and it was too much for him, but he felt he must somehow press on. After going only a short distance, he realized they were lost. The storm was terrific and howling about them like a pack of wolves. He foresaw the prospect of spending a night out there in the snow and perhaps being frozen to death. His hands became too numb to hold the reins and the horses were plunging this way and that. Finally, he gave up, buried himself in the robes with Mrs. Dixon and left the horses to their own desires. Meanwhile, Mother … after what seemed like hours, heard sleigh bells and looked out to see the cutter pull into the yard, but with no one in sight. Robbie hustled into his wraps, rushed out and snatched off the robes to find Mrs. Dixon and Father huddled together underneath, very numb, but having suffered no serious harm. Soon after … a baby girl was born.” Mrs. Dixon later boasted that she had “never lost a baby or a mother.”

In 1903, the Dixons built a new house in town and moved there and Euphemia was deeply involved in all activities relating to the Methodist Church. She was also dedicated to the work of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, which she had joined while still a 10-year-old girl in Scotland and was known throughout Saskatchewan.

In her later years, she was lovingly called “Grandma Dixon”. Grandma Dixon died September 7, 1918 and was buried in the Indian Head Cemetery. The large painting in the Indian Head Museum is an important reminder of her life and helps us to reflect on the lives of the early settlers that came to the Indian Head district in the early 1880s.


This article is one in a series of articles written by the Indian Head Museum Society to commemorate Canada 150.

Town Page Highlights:

- Sask Lotteries Community Grant Program- Application deadline approaching

- Indian Head Open House- Deadline to register approaching

- Sunbeam Lodge Seek Directors

-Mini Bus Service-details here: 

-Upcoming Events

-Pool Staff Job Opportunities- details here:

Click here for the full Town Page

Transportation is provided to residents above the age of 55 with special transportation needs, within town limits. The “Mini Bus” is available Tuesday, Thursday, Fridays and the first Wednesday of every month. The Bus does not run on public holidays. Pick-ups start at 1:00 p.m. and the last pick-up time to take you home is 4:00 p.m. To book a pick-up time call the Town Office at 695-3344 before 11:00 a.m. on the day you would like to be picked up. The cost is $1.00 each way. Individuals with mobility impairments MUST be accompanied by a care provider. 

To be a Volunteer Driver you will require a valid Class 5 Drivers Licence. Please contact the Town Office if you are interested in becoming a Driver!

Town Office- 695-3344 


Strange Happenings at the Museum by Linda Kort

I am in the Indian Head museum, lying on the floor looking up at the bookcase. My head feels like a thunderstorm.  I sit up and see the ladder lying here. Now I remember.  I was just about to climb up and dust the top shelf when the ladder toppled over. What is this on my forehead? Wow! What a goose-egg!

I pick up a book from the floor. “Recollections of an Assiniboine Chief” by Dan Kennedy (Ochankugahe). Vividly, the vision comes to me; the old man in a white shirt, telling stories of his Nakota people. Had it been a dream?  The book opens.  A piece of paper falls out; on it a portrait of man in traditional native dress and the words “Big Darkness - The Aristocrat of the Assiniboines”.

“Big Darkness is one of four of my uncles – tall, distinguished-looking, an orator and master of the universal sign language of the Plains Indians. His portrait in oils graces the legislative halls of Canada.”

I look around. It was not a dream. He really is here.

“The Assiniboines made the long trek to this area from Cypress hills when I was 9. We arrived here in June 1882 to take possession of the reserve allocated to us by virtue of our Treaty. At that time the reserve was twelve miles wide (north and south) and eighteen miles long (east and west). ‘Win-cha-pa-ghen’ or Skull Mountainettes, was the original name of the locale. In the forties of the last century it was the scene of two epidemics of smallpox, when large tribes of Crees were literally wiped out; hence the name Skull Mountainettes. These hills were littered with skulls when we arrived here in 1882. Originally the reserve was surveyed and allocated to three bands under Chief ‘Chu-wikuaka Eyaku’ – Took the Coat; Chief ‘Tee-pee Hanske’ – Long Lodge; and Chief ‘Mangh-pee-ya Owate-Hokshi’ – Flash in the Sky Boy. Chief Flash in the Sky Boy was better known by his nickname of Chief Piapot. Chief Piapot and his band arrived here in 1883, a year after us. The Piapot band was half Assiniboine and half Cree. They spoke the bilingual tongue fluently. The Piapot Indians numbered 311 souls when they arrived here in 1883, but 130 of them died from malnutrition in the winter of 1883-84. It was a tragic story, and in August of 1884 Piapot moved with his tribe to the site of their present reserve, twenty-five miles northeast of Regina on the south side of the Qu’appelle Valley. After Piapot left our reserve was re-surveyed, leaving us with only seventy-two sections, although there were three seventy-two-section parcels in the original reserve, one for each of the three bands. ‘Che-gha-kin’ Packs the Kettle, succeeded to the Chiefship when his brother, Chief Took the Coat, died a few years before the arrival of the French immigrants, who settled two miles within the original southern boundary of our reserve. Chief Packs the Kettle, or Carry the Kettle died on February 17, 1923.”


This article is one in a series of articles written by the Indian Head Museum Society to commemorate Canada 150.


Strange Happenings in the Museum by Linda Kort

I’m in the museum; our Indian Head Museum. A thick layer of dust lies over everything like a fresh powdering of snow. I am determined to vanquish it. Up the ladder I go, cleaning cloth in hand; up to the top of the bookshelf. Suddenly the ladder topples, books fly everywhere, I fall WHUMP on my back. A book hits me right on the forehead. I see stars then blackness.

When I come to, it’s to the sound of a man’s voice. “Amba waste.”

With effort I pry open my eyes to see the dark wrinkled face of an old man dressed in a white shirt with sleeves rolled up. “Amba waste” he says again.


“Amba waste. Good day.  Can’t you understand Nakota? I am Ochankugahe.”

“Wah? Oaken gooka hay?



“Aye hey. This book hit you on the forehead.” He holds up a book. “You have a nice goose egg where it hit.”

I look at the book. “Recollections of an Assiniboine Chief by Dan Kennedy (Ochankugahe).  Hey! That’s you. You wrote it?”

“Yes. Terrible title! I was never chief. I wrote it but someone else put the title on it.” He replied with distain. “It is an important book to read. Even though I was not yet born when my people were massacred at Cypress Hills, one survivor, Eashappie told me the story and that is in the book. There are a lot of stories here. Would you like me to read to you from it?” 

I nod.…….            (to be continued next week)

The book Recollections of an Assiniboine Chief” is in the Indian Head Museum.

Ochankugahe was born a year after the Cypress Hills Massacre.

-9 years old when his band was forced to leave Cypress Hills and move to Skull Mountainettes

- 12 years old when taken to residential school in Lebret

-19 years old when he graduated from St. Boniface College

-24 when he began work as Band office clerk under Mr. Aspdin, Indian Agent for Carry the Kettle band

-25 years when he married Olympe Milton

-40 years when the First World War broke out

-65 years when the Second World War broke out

-98 years when he died in 1978


This article is a series of articles written by the Indian Head Museum Society to commemorate Canada150.


The Town of Indian Head is now accepting applications for Pool Manager, Head Guard, Swim Instructors and Lifeguards. Please see the links for more details. The deadline to apply is March 27th, 2017.

Click here for Pool Manager & Head Lifeguard job positings

Click here for Lifeguard & Instructor job postings

Nominate a local volunteer, business or not-for-profit organization for national recognition, the deadline to nominate someone is February 3, 2017.

Canada's Volunteer Awards recognize the contributions of volunteers, businesses and innovative not-for-profit organizations in improving the well-being of people and communities.

The Government of Canada recognizes the valuable efforts of volunteers who give their time so generously to enhance the quality of life of their fellow Canadians.

Nominations can be submitted online, or by downloading the paper copy available on the same page linked below. 


Click here for the 2017 Community Grant Program for Sport, Cluture & Recreation Application Form

Please ensure the first two pages of the application are returned to the Town Office before the February 24, 2017 Deadline.

Click here for the 2017

Please contact Community Development with any questions. Hard copies of the application are available in the Town Office.



Declaration of Results from the 2016 Indian Head Municipal Election:

Declaration of Results- Mayor

Declaration of Results- Council 

Election Day is Wednesday, October 26, 2016. The polling station will be held in Memorial Hall. Polls will be open from 9:00am-8:00pm.

Advance polls will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 in Memorial Hall from 3:00pm-7:00pm.

In order to vote in the municipal election you must be: 

-        at least 18 years old on Election Day;

-        a Canadian citizen;

-        a resident of Saskatchewan for at least 6 consecutive months immediately preceding election day; and either;

-        a) a resident of the municipality for at least 3 consecutive months immediately preceding the day of the election: or;

-        b) an owner of assessable land for at least 3 consecutive months immediately preceding the day of the election.

To demonstrate this, you must provide photo identification that states your street address (ie. 421 Grand Avenue), such as the new Saskatchewan Drivers Licence. If you do not have photo identification, you can bring two other forms of identification and a utility bill that contains a street address. Please note that a box number is not acceptable  as it does not prove that you live in Indian Head.

A Meet the Candidates evening has been set for Wednesday, October 12th at 7:00 pm at the Heritage Club, 505 Otterloo Street.

Meet Your Candidates

Mayoral Candidates

Steven Cole

Steven was born, raised and has lived in Indian Head for what will soon be 50 years. He has been on council for 11 years and takes great pride in this town. Steven and his wife Dianna own and operate the Sunshine Motel and Sunshine Mobile Home Park. He has sat on multiple town boards and committees while on council, in addition to being a scout leader for many years and a member of the Broncs’ parent association since it was created in 2012. He is community minded and passionate about small town living and all that it represents. 

Personal statement: I believe in the heart and soul of this great community and all that it has to offer.  I would like to see us continue to move forward while keeping it an affordable place to live.  I take great pride in calling Indian Head my home.

Sherry Karpa

Sherry has been active in our community since moving here in 1998. Elected to town council in 2009 and then 2012 became the first female Mayor of Indian Head.  Working together to create events for all the community to enjoy and help start the downtown restoration committee which aided us in receiving the Mainstreet Program is a passion. Growth, diversity and prosperity of our community during her term as Mayor and as she volunteers her time on various committees is a high importance. Sherry and her husband have three children and for 13 years has owned Sherry's on Grand. Sherry believes in building strong relationships with all levels of government and our local RM to engage the community. The community of Indian Head is truly becoming the greatest progressive prairie town.

Personal Statement: The residents have taken ownership of their community and the possibilities are endless. From bringing greetings, to walking in the parades handing out candy, dressing up as Mrs. Clause, to sitting around boardroom tables at all levels of government, I am extremely proud to say I am from Indian Head and that we are growing and celebrating our successes. There will always be more to do whether it's dealing with infrastructure, taxes, healthcare or bringing greetings, being the Mayor and working as a team is a duty I take seriously, and will continue to do if re-elected for my second term. Thank you Indian Head it’s been my honour to serve you.

Town Councillor Candidates

Ron Braithwaite

Ron has been a member of council for the Town of Indian Head since first being elected in October of 1991. He has seen many changes and challenges over this period of time and has been very pleased to have worked with a great number of individuals on council over the years. He and his wife Donna have lived and worked in this community since they were married in 1967. Ron has held a variety of different positions over the years in the retail sales area and operated his own business for the last few years in yard maintenance. He has served on many different committees and at present on the Museum and Sunbeam Lodge boards as a representative of the Town Council.

Personal Statement: At this time I would like to congratulate the other individuals that are willing to let their name stand in the upcoming civic election on Oct 26th. Thank you for taking an interest in your community and showing you want to be a part of this great town and surrounding area. If I am fortunate enough to be re elected on Oct 26th I will do to the best of my ability to make this a growing and thriving community to live and work in and raise your families.

Lisa Craigie

Lisa was born and raised in Indian Head. Remaining to call Indian Head home, Lisa and husband Bob have raised their children, JR and Amanda here. Lisa has been actively involved in the community throughout the years serving on numerous organizations and committees. She is currently the Secretary/ Treasurer of the Indian Head Cemetery Committee and is a member of the Indian Head Curling Club. Alongside Bob and JR, Lisa is involved in the operation of a farm in the RM of Indian Head, of which a portion is a century family farm. She is employed as part of the team at Indian Head Chrysler as the Comptroller.

Personal Statement:  In the past, I have served the community to the best of my ability to make it a better place to live, play and work. I will continue this motto into the future as an ambassador in any capacity of the great place for those of us that call Indian Head home.

Ben Friesen

Ben has been a lifelong resident of Indian Head and one of the town’s most positive promoters.  Ben’s parents, Pinky and Harry came to town in the 1940’s to start Clip and Curl Beauty Salon and decided that Indian Head was the place to be! Ben took over the business in 1983 and this year the salon is celebrating 70 years of continuous service.  Ben and his wife Terrea raised both their children, Sara and Troy in town and Terrea worked as a speech-language pathologist within the local school division.  Sara and her husband Eric along with one year old Henrik decided to make Indian Head their home due to the beauty, safety as well as the many assets our town has to offer.

Personal statement: I am proud to call Indian Head my home; a wonderful place to live, work and play.  During my term with town council we have worked diligently to improve the town’s infrastructure, operations and appearance so that our town is continuing to grow and develop.  Given the opportunity by the residents of Indian Head I will continue to work hard on your behalf to represent you.

Kris Jensen

Since moving here twelve years ago, Kris has volunteered to coach soccer, referee soccer games, worked at fundraising events for the Spray Park, and provided labour when it was needed.  Kris has planted flowers for Communities in Bloom and he has volunteered for Parade Day for the past five years.  In the last two years, He has been a full time member of the Community Development Committee.

Personal statement: I love this town. Robyn and I were entranced with the beauty of Indian Head the first time we drove here to look around. We knew we needed to be a part of this community. In the future, I would love to say I’m from the City of Indian Head.  We should not be content to be “just a small town”.  We should be striving to be more!

Gwen Johner

Gwen Johner has lived in Indian Head for the past 38 years.  She came to this community as a teacher, and retired after 34 years from Indian Head Elementary School. She and her husband, Andrew, (a volunteer fireman) raised their daughter Victoria here. Over the years she has been very involved as a volunteer in many and varied capacities. She has served on boards and organizations, her church and various town committees. Currently, she has completed her first term as Councillor, she also sits on Indian Head CDC. She and Andrew chair Indian Head EMO. She has been the Chairperson of Communities in Bloom since 2006.

Personal statement: I have learned so much in the last four years! Indian Head is a community rich in history and future possibilities.  I am extremely proud of our community. I believe our best resource is our residents. I will be pleased to represent you as Councillor. Maintaining services and the wonderful quality of life we enjoy here is important. I will do my best to keep moving our community forward: keeping tourism, business and environment as a focus. Thank you for your friendship and support!

Melissa Moses

Melissa came to Indian Head in 2006 as a Nursing student and fell in love with the people and beauty of this town. In 2008, she moved to Indian Head with her husband Byron, and their eldest child, Gillian. Since then, her family has grown by two more children Brynn and Calvin. She is currently the district representative for Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, and has also served as the local union president. She has been involved in Girl Guides as a member of the executive, and the local skating club as both a member of the executive and the president. Her time is also spent volunteering for the many activities that her three children are involved in. Melissa is proud to call Indian Head her home.

Personal Statement: I moved to Indian Head because I love living and raising my children in a small town. I want to advocate for an active, healthy, and a safe community for all citizens.

Armand Palmer

Armand Palmer has lived in Indian Head for 37 years.  He and his wife Charity are raising their 3 children and have always spoken highly of our town.  Armand has also been a part of the Volunteer Fire Department since 2004, and owns a Tree Removal, Insulation and Portable Welding business in Indian Head.

Personal Statement: I’ve had the pleasure of watching this town grow over the last 37 years and would like to see it continue.  The people in this community have always been very friendly.  I enjoy being able to raise my children in the safety of this town and have always spoken highly of the place we live in.

Chris Simpson 

Chris has always had roots in Indian Head; his grandparents were established farmers in the area until Chris’s parents relocated and took over the family farm when he was 10 years old.  Chris, along with his wife Crystal, are proud to call Indian Head home and have chose to raise their three sons, Tyson, Jesse and Kasey, here as well.  Chris has been involved with the Cubs/Beavers/Scouts parent committee in the past and for the last 14 years he has been active with the Indian Head Eagles Soccer Club as both a coach and coordinator.

Personal Statement: I am extremely proud to live in Indian Head and speak highly of the community and what it has to offer whenever I have the chance.  If given the opportunity, I look forward to working with, and for, the people of Indian Head.

Rod Vance

Rod & his family relocated to the community from Calgary a decade ago. His first term on Council was a busy one. Rod was instrumental in many initiatives including Rick Hanson day, Parade Day developing into the event that it is today and serving as chair of the Main Street Revitalization committee. In that term he earned the respect of his fellow Councillors and the community. He currently sits as the Chair of Community Development, and the Skate Park Committee. Rod is the owner of Rod Vance Construction running a crew of 18 men. He specializes in General contracting commercial projects. Rod has been married for 25 years to his lovely wife Natalie and has two kids, Alisa, 20 and Simon 15.   

Personal Statement: Thank you Indian Head for the privilege to serve you my friends.  I have been extremely active in the volunteer community for the last eight years. I don’t think it is in doubt that I will work hard to serve you in the best ways possible. Once elected, I will challenge items that should be, and promote initiatives that are important to you. I, as always, will put the communities’ interests ahead of my own. I will continue my daily efforts to make Indian Head the place to be to do business, raise a family, feel safe and retire. I ask for your support in this election to allow me to be your voice at the Council table.

Due to the wet conditions the Landfill was forced to close this weekend. The Free Landfill Weekend will be rescheduled for the October 1st and 2nd weekend. 

Next weekend there will be no charge at the landfill for Indian Head residential loads. The Town hopes this will aid resident’s efforts to clean up their homes and yards. Please note: commercial users and demolition loads do not qualify for free landfill weekend. Demolition material will be determined by landfill staff upon entry and includes things such as shingles, drywall, insulation, 2x4’s or any other construction material (whether it’s new or old). If there is inclement weather please check the Town’s Facebook or call Mickey at 695-3757 to ensure the landfill is open. As always, please be sure to sort your loads and deposit them into the appropriate areas.


As part of our Dutch Elm Disease management strategy, the Town of Indian Head will be contracting Green Drop Tree Care to basal spray targeted American Elm trees in town. This procedure will continute through to early October.

Click here to view the full notice

The Town of Indian Head invites applications for the position of part-time administrative assistant. The part-time administrative assistant will be required to work 14 hours per week – 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and will also be asked to fill in when needed to cover sick leave and holidays of other staff within the Town Office. Please see the posting below for more information.

Part-Time Administrative Assistant Job Opportunity

The Harvest Hoedown committee is looking for partner organizations to assist with providing volunteers for the set-up/ day off and clean up of the annual Harvest Hoedown Craft/Tradeshow.  In exchange for this support the profits from the show will be donated to your organization. Please see the link for more information and the application.

Community Organization Partner Application

The Town of Indian Head invites Requests for Proposals to provide caretaking and security services for the lobby, dressing rooms and mezzanine of the A.J.M. Davies Arena for the 2016/2017 season. Please visit the link below for more information or by contacting COmmunity Development at 695-2742.

2016/17 Arena Caretaker RFP

Stop by the Town Office to pick up free phone books for our district! 


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Green Drop Tree Care has been hired by the Town to inspect all American Elm Trees (roughly 1200 trees) for Dutch Elm Disease. They will be in town over next few days conducting inspections. This effort is made to reduce and prevent the spread of Dutch Elm Disease in town. Thank you for  your attention.

After a lot of work behind the scenes, we are happy to announce the Indian Head Swimming Pool will be open this Sunday, June 5th at 5:45 pm!

Please note due to staff availability the pool will be closed to the public June 8th, 10th, 11th and 13th.We apologize for any inconvenience.

Take a walk by the pool this Sunday morning if you'd like to see what our Lifeguards prepare for. An intensive rescue training session is planned to familiarize our staff with facility procedures and equipment. As noted, the pool will be closed to the public during this time. 

Please also note there will not be a swimming lesson registration night this year. Instead there will be session registration deadlines outlined in the pool guide linked below. Instructors will accommodate additional classes depending on demand. Lesson registration can only been done at the pool during regular hours. Thank you!

Town Council met last night and discussed the large clusters of caterpillar larvae nesting and feeding in trees throughout town. After consultation with the Ministry of Environment we have learned there are a high number of Tent Caterpillars all across Saskatchewan. We have been told by the Ministry of Environment the caterpillars will not kill the trees they nest in. The caterpillars eat the leaves until they cocoon in mid-June, the Ministry of Environment indicated trees affected usually re-leaf once the caterpillars become moths. The Ministry of Environment does not recommend the Town use a spray as these pests are more of a nuisance than a tree killer, the negative effects of many chemical pesticides outweighs the benefits of killing the caterpillars.

Homeowners wishing to spray fruit trees, young ornamentals trees and shrubs should make sure they thoroughly read the instructions of any product they use. Please remember that sprayers that have been previously used for weed control should not be used for spraying insects. We are told the recommended product is Safers BTK.

Click here for more information on Tent Caterpillars 

Emterra is out working on collection, but will be unable to complete the scheduled pickup for recycling loads East of Grand May 17th. They will return May 18th with two trucks to finish collection and the other side of town. Thank you for your understanding and your continued efforts to recycle!

The Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory has been lifted. Thank you for your patience during this process!

The break in the water line was completed Sunday morning, the Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory is now in place. Please see the link for more information on the PDWA. As soon as we receive consecutive water tests back from the Ministry of Environment we will notify residents.  Thank you for your patience! 

PDWA Information 

Late Tuesday evening a water break was discovered on a service off the main water line that feeds the entire town. A town-wide water shutoff will be required to repair this leak. The scheduled shutoff and work is set for Sunday, May 8th at 7:00 am Public Works will get this done as quickly as possible.

During this time all residents and businesses may notice low pressure with the presence of residual water in the lines. The longer the repair takes, the greater the chance exists there will be a complete water service disruption. Residents and businesses are asked to conserve water as much as possible to ensure the town’s emergency services are capable to respond.

Following this repair there will be a town-wide Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory that will remain in effect until we recieve consecutive water test results from the Ministry of Environment. Before the water service is shut off to town we recommended filling jugs for drinking, cooking and hygiene. See the link below for more information. 

Updates will come through social media, the website, notices around town and by mail drop. If you have a flyer restriction at the Post Office you will not receive the physical notice. We appreciate your understanding and apologize for the inconvenience. We very much appreciate your assistance spreading the word!

This break is unrelated to the line flushing operations carried out in town this week. Until this repair is fixed these operations have been suspended.

Click here for PDWA information 

Public Works will be starting water line flushing procedures on May 2nd and continuing throughout the week. Tap water may appear discoloured due to disturbed sediment, this discolouration will dissipate over time. Although the water is safe to consume, residents may want to hold off on laundry until the sediment is flushed. We appreciate your understanding!


Town Page Highlights:

-Local Volunteer Organizations Need Your Help

-All Terrain Vehicles in Town

-Yard Waste, Garbage & Burning

-Bylaw Enfocrement 

Click here for April's Town Page

Emterra will be moving the recyling collection for residents East of Grand to Thursday, April 21st from the scheduled April19th pickup. Residents on and West of Grand will have their recycling collected April 20th as scheduled. The Town of Indian Head appreciates resident's commitment to the recycling program and apologize for the confusion.


The Town of Indian Head is now accepting applications for Pool Manager, Head Guard, Swim Instructors and Lifeguards. Please see the links for more details. The deadline to apply is May 5th, 2016.

Pool Manager/ Head Guard

Instructors/ Lifeguards

The biggest event of the summer just got bigger...



Saturday June 25

-Fire Hall Pancake Breakfast

-Mainstreet Parade, to enter send a description to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

-Family Activities

-Street Dance feat. Rob McLane & Against the Grain

-Jess Moskaluke Fundraiser Concert Click here to purchase tickets online or in person at Dragan's Drugs in Indian Head. Phone (306) 660-7705 for details 

Sunday June 26

-Flatland Cruisers 10th Annual Show & Shine- Click here for more information  $10 to enter a vehicle, free to the viewing public

-Bell Barn Horse Fair- Click here for more information  $10 per person 13 year of age and up, 12 years old and under are free

Click here to acces February 2016 Town Page

Highlights Include:

-Volunteer Organizations Need Your Help; for a full list plese see visit our Groups & Organizations tab here

-Parking on Corners

-Town Communication Plan

-Online Banking Support

-Winter Festval Details

Public Works was able to complete the repair to the main water line Sunday morning without complication. We appreciate their efficiency and Resident’s understanding as this work was completed.

We have just received notice to lift the Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory. Although this was an exceptionally quick turnaround, we truly appreciate Resident's patience during this process!

Public Works was able to complete the repair to the main water line without complication. We appreciate their efficiency and Resident’s understanding as this work was completed.

Please note, the Town is now under a Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory and will remain under this advisory until testing is completed and notice is provided. Updates will appear online and through social media accompanied by a mail drop and a change to the message board in front of the Town Office. We appreciate your patience as we wait for consecutive test results! Please see the attached document below for more information on the Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory.

Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory Information 

The Town has detected another leak on the main water line that feeds the entire town, a scheduled town wide water shut off is needed to complete the repair. If all goes as planned there is a chance residents may not experience a disruption of service. However, the longer the repair takes the greater the chance residents will experience low pressure or a disruption of water service. This scheduled water shut off will be Sunday, February 7th at 8:00 a.m. The estimated duration for the repair is 1 to 2 hours if all goes well. A precautionary drinking water advisory will be in place once the work is completed. There will be a precautionary drinking water advisory in place one the repairs are completed. We will keep you updated as this work progresses through social media, the Town Website, notices around town and by mail drop. Please see the link below for full details.

Public Notice & PDWA Information Page

Follow the link to the 2016 Community Grant Program for Sport, Cluture & Recreation Application Form

Please ensure the first two pages of the application are returned to the Town Office before the February 26, 2016 Deadline.

Feel free to download this fillable Final Report Form

Please contact Community Development with any questions. Hard copies of the application is available in the Town Office.


The Precautionary Drinking water Advisory has been lifted, after clean test results came back from the Water Security Agency. Thank you for your patience during this process! 

Public Works was able to complete the repair in record time Sunday morning. Because there was still water in the line between the repair and town, some residents may not have even noticed the disruption of service. This repair could not have gone better! We appreciate the public’s understanding as this work was carried out.

Please note we are under a Precautionary Drinking water Advisory, and will be until we receive lab results. Once the Advisory is  lifted we will communicate this change through facebook, Twitter, a mail drop, the letter board in front of the Town Office and a follow-up article on the website. Please note if you have requested a flyer restriction at the Post Office you will not receive a paper notice.

For more information on the Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory click here

The Town has detected a leak on the main water line that feeds the entire town, a scheduled town wide water shut off is needed to complete the repair. The scheduled water shut off will be Sunday November 22, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. The estimated time of repair is 2 to 3 hours. There will be a precautionary drinking water advisory in place one the repairs are completed. We will keep you updated as this work progresses through social media, the Town Website, notices around town and by mail drop. Please see the link below for full details.

Click here for full details

November 11th, 2015 the Town Office will be closed to observe the holiday.

Wednesday garbage collection will be pushed to Thursday. 

The Landfill will be open from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. 

Join the Royal Canadian Legion at Memorial Hall at 10:45 am for their Remembrance Day service.

We are thrilled to announce Indian Head was selected as the winner for communities with a population ranging from 1,001 to 4,500 on a national scale! Our Communities in Bloom organization, hard working volunteers, and proud residents all worked hard to keep our Town beautiful and welcoming. We are so proud of the accomplishment!

This was our first National win, and is an outstanding addition to the six Provincial wins we have claimed!

The latest round of judging awarded Indian Head a Bronze designation, which goes above the highest designations given out in previous years. We were the only town in our category to achieve this designation!

Click here to read the Media Release

Click here for the 2015 Communities in Bloom Fall Magazine

Click here to view September's Town Page

Highlights Include:

- Free Landfill Weekend September 26th & 27th

- Household Garbage Collection Rules

- Now Safe to Trim Elm Trees

- Bylaw Restricting Burning Yard Refuge

Please note the Town has hired DR Tree Service to spray Elm trees to help prevent Dutch Elm Disease from August 26th - September 6th 2015.

Click the Town Notice for more information here

Click here to view the August Town Page

Highltights include:

- Back to school/ watch for cyclists 

- Sorting dump loads

- Nuisance cat bylaw information

- Invitation to tender for Arena Caretaker position

Andrew Sheer will be at the A.J.M. Davies Arena at 1:30 pm today to award Federal funding to our Arena Revitalization project! Ours is one of seven projects benefitting Central Saskatchewan under the Government of Canada’s Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program! Over the next three years this program will invest $225,000 to help us upgrade our facility. Join us in welcoming this announcement! 

For more details on other funded projects in Central Saskatchewan click here

Click here to view July 2015 Town Page

Highlights inlcude;

- 2015 Tax Discount

- Responsible Dog Ownership 

- Volunteer Appreciation BBQ

- Property Upkeep 

- Recycling Update

It's that time of the year again folks! Time to celebrate all that makes our home great! See the poster for a schedule of events, and get those float ideas together! Be excited!


Celebrate Indian Head Days 2015

Schedule of Events

7:30 am- 10:00am- Pancake Breakfast at Fire Hall

10:30 am- 11:30 am- Parade & Bike decorating Contest

12:00 pm- 3:00 pm- Youth Activities beside Library

                                - Dino Bouncers & Slide

                                - Face Painting

                                - Airbrush Tattoos on Grand Ave.

                                - Sno-Cones

12:00 pm- 2:00 pm- Burger sales at Memorial Hall

12:00 pm- 3:00 pm- Bannock Tacos at Gazebo

12:00 pm- 3:00 pm- Craft Fair & Trunk Sale on Grand

1:00 pm- Grand Opening of the Indian Head Museum

2:00 pm- 2:45 pm- The Band-its concert performance at The Grand Theatre (doors open at 1:30 pm)

3:00 pm- 4:00 pm- The Band-its jazz concert at the Grand Theatre click here for picture

5:00 pm- 12:00 am- Beer Gardens & Food on Grand Ave

7:00 pm- 12:00 am- Street Dance featuring Odd Man Out on Grand Ave.

8:00 pm- 10:00 pm- Photo Booth on Grand Ave.

Other Activities

-Softball Tournament

-Free Swim at the Pool

Please note that in the event of rain the parade will continue as planned and all other activities, including the dance, will be moved to the AJM Davies Arena

*email float entries to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.*

These reduction measures have been removed- Friday, June 19th 2015- Thanks to everyone for your collective effort to reduce water use!

Water Reduction Measures Removed


Friday June 12, 2015

Due to high water usage, the well and water treatment plant have been unable to meet the demand. We are asking for your immediate cooperation in reducing the amount of water being used inside and outside your homes and businesses until further notice.

Please click here for the posted notice.

Lend a hand to the Indian Head Cemetary Restoration Committee as they tidy and beautify our cemetary! 


Click here for more information.

This Advisory applies to all residents and users for the 400 and 500 block for Howard Street in the Town of Indian Head and was effective Wednesday, June 3, 2015 until it was lifted Monday June 8, 2015.  A water break was discovered that affects water services to homes in this vicinity.  Other residents of Indian Head may notice a discolouration in the water.

Pursuant to clause 32(1)(a) of The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002 this Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory is issued due to the repairs needed on the main line which will affect the ability to supply potable water within Water Quality Regulations.  Therefore, the safety of the Town of Indian Head drinking water supply cannot be ensured at all times.  Therefore, pursuant to Clause 32(1)(b) of  The Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002, consumers must be notified to:

  1. boil all water, used for drinking purposes, for at least one (1) minute, at a rolling boil, prior to use;
    1. boil water to be used for other activities where it may be ingested, including:
    2. brushing teeth or soaking false teeth;
      1. washing fruits and vegetables;
      2. food or drink which will not be subsequently heated; and
      3. ice cubes;
      4. not use the water for washing dishes, unless the water has been boiled or the dishes are sanitized    in another fashion.  Washed dishes and utensils can be soaked in a bleach water solution (approximately 2 tablespoons of bleach per gallon or 10 ml of bleach per liter of water) for at least two minutes after being washed to kill any bacteria which may be present.
      5. not drink from any public drinking fountains supplied with water from the public water supply;
        1. ensure that younger children and infants are sponge bathed;
        2. use an alternative water source known to be safe, if they do not wish to boil the water; and
        3. consult with your physician if you have cuts or rashes that are severe before using the water.

Note: Do not mix bleach with soaps or detergents.

Under most circumstances, there is no need to boil water used for other household purposes.  Adults, adolescents and older children may shower, bathe or wash using tap water but should avoid swallowing the water.  Laundry may be washed in tap water, either by hand or by machine.

This Advisory is effective immediately, and will not be lifted until the water supply is determined to be completely safe.

If you require any additional information, please contact the following:

Waterworks Owner Office                                                                      (306) 695-3344

Water Security Agency - Environmental and Municipal Management

                                        Services Division                                          (306) 787-4584

Water Security Agency - Communications Manager                                 (306) 694-8914 Media Inquiries

Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region                                                           (306) 695-5232

Rod Broadfoot  EPO

Drinking Water/Wastewater Management Division

Water Security Agency