The Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation people have occupied lands in northeast Saskatchewan since time immemorial. THere are no legends of the Cree coming into the area and wresting the lands away from another First Nation. The roots in the area run lond and deep. Pottery shards found in Northern Saskatchewan have been dated to about 1000 years before present, and indicates without a doubt that they were particular to the Rocky Cree. Although it establishes that the Rocky Cree have been around a long time, no archaeologist can be certain for how long. Paleoindians were in the area shortly after the retreat of glaciers and a projectile point found near Southend has been dated to 5600 years before present.