Neighbours Then

different cultures . . . prairie neighbours 

Indigenous Peoples and European and American immigrants have lived as neighbours in our community since settlement times. Cultures, political systems, religious persuasions and individual personalities have influenced the degree of peace that existed here. Interactions between these different cultures make up the stories of our Cut Knife neighbourhood. Our museum would like to understand these events so that we may learn from the mistakes, celebrate the successes and promote understanding and acceptance.

Different Cultures… Prairie Neighbours



  • Politics, religion, and individuals influence local First Nations culture
  • Cultural clashes and the 1885 Northwest Resistance
  • Firearms – a necessary part of prairie life
  • The aftermath of the 1885 Resistance
  • Early Neighbours – sharing and cooperation
  • One Room Schoolhouses – their importance and their lasting influence
  • Medical issues of early Cut Knife
  • A prairie General Store – providing more than a service
  • Religion and Churches – their influence on our past and our present 
  • Changes to our prairie community with the railroad 
  • Early housing 


The Archives is the repository for Clayton’s research documentation, many unique First Nations items and related materials, personal papers and artifacts, photos, interviews, and letters of other 1885 participants, and of post-1885 First Nations life. In addition, there are pieces of art, photos and papers relating to local businesses, schools, organizations, and individuals. Copies of the local newspapers from 1914 to the present are also preserved on-site. 

Read more about the Clayton McLain Memorial Museum in the 2019 edition of the Museums Association of Saskatchewan’s Museums & Sustainability Series: Decolonizing the Museum. The article is Clayton McLain Museum: A collector’s legacy; story and photography by Andréa Ledding.