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Treaty 6 chiefs and Mayor Don Iveson came together at city hall Friday to mark 140 years since the Treaty no. 6 agreement was signed.
Grand Chief Randy Ermineskin says relationships have come a long way, but lingering ignorance needs to be addressed.
“Not in a bad way, but it’s just because we don’t understand where we’re coming from, and I think we need to go back to that and really have that dialogue about what it is we’re trying to accomplish in the next little while,” he said. “We’re going to have to live to live side-by-side for a long time, and we have but we’ve never had that relationship that’s meaningful. I think that’s where we need to be.”
This day recognizes the signing of the treaty between the Plains and Wood Cree, Nakota, Saulteaux and Dene people and the Crown on August 23, 1876. Treaty 6 Recognition Day was created in 2013 when Iveson took office.
“The treaties are permanent documents, they weren’t sort of a onetime thing in history, so keeping the memory alive that settlers agreed to share this land with indigenous people and to prosper together,” Iveson said. “That’s a great foundation for mutual respect, for city building together, for intercultural learning, and Treaty 6 Recognition Day gives us that opportunity to do that.”
The Treaty 6 flag will be moved from its spot outside council chambers, to the community flag pole outside City Hall to mark the occasion for one week. (kb/sj)