For nearly four decades, Angus Bear contributed to the growth of mining and hydro-electric power in northeastern Saskatchewan as a guide and labourer. Born at Mari Lake in 1907, Bear was hired by Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting to bring work crews and provisions to the Island Falls Power dam site. He was also an important presence in his own community of Sandy Bay where he helped record the history of the hydro-electricity industry at Island Falls and preserve the oral traditions of the Cree. Angus Bear received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 1987. He passed away in 1988.
Canadian Plains Research Center