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Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day

Painting of Treaty No. 6 First Nations leaders sitting on a bench with the mayor and city councillors

Mayor Don Iveson and City councillors, invites Edmontonians and all citizens of Alberta’s Treaty No. 6 territory to join him in hosting Treaty No. 6 First Nations leaders at City Hall in honour of Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day. Artists and hobbyists are also invited to participate in the Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day Art Contest.

This year’s event will:

  • Commemorate the signing of Treaty No.6 between the Plains and Wood Cree people and the Crown on August 23, 1876
  • Pay homage to the adhesion to Treaty No.6 by Chiefs at a site in what is now known as Edmonton, on August 21, 1877
  • Acknowledge the achievements and contributions of local First Nations people to the development of the region, especially in the 140 years since the Treaty adhesion was signed
  • Celebrate the collaborative relationship enjoyed today by the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations and the City of Edmonton

Treaty No. 6 Art Contest

All members of Treaty No. 6, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, are invited to submit their artwork to the Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day Art Contest. Two winners will be selected and their pieces will be exchanged as gifts between the Grand Chief and the Mayor, as a symbol of their commitment to collaboration, respectful dialogue and exploring shared opportunities. This exchange will be a part of the Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day ceremony on August 19, 2016.

Submissions open on June 21, and will close on August 5 at 11:00pm.

What is Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day?

The City of Edmonton created Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day in 2013 to commemorate the signing of Treaty No.6 between the Plains and Wood Cree people and the Crown at Fort Carlton on August 23, 1876.

Edmonton was founded in Treaty No. 6 territory. Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day recognizes Edmonton’s connection with the First peoples of this land.

What happens during Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day?

The Mayor invites the Grand Chief of the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations, and the Chiefs of all 18 Treaty No. 6 First Nations, to City Hall.

Mayor and Council, the Grand Chief and the Chiefs of Treaty No. 6 First Nations start the day with traditional ceremony. This year, a flag-raising will be held on Sir Winston Churchill Square before the public event and reception in City Hall. 

The Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations flag flies outside City Hall for one week following Treaty Six Recognition Day. The Confederacy flag also permanently hangs in the City Room of City Hall to officially acknowledge that Edmonton lies within Treaty 6 territory.

Why does Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day exist?

Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day allows City and First Nation leaders to:

  • Commemorate the historic ties between the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations and the City of Edmonton
  • Recognize Edmonton sits within Treaty No. 6  territory
  • Acknowledge the contributions that Treaty No. 6 First Nations made in Edmonton’s founding and growth
  • Discuss topics of shared interest, and build relationships in order to address opportunities or concerns
  • Come together in an act of reconciliation, a shared commitment to work positively together in a relationship founded on honour and respect

Indigenous Relations and the City of Edmonton

Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day is planned in partnership by the City of Edmonton, through its Indigenous Relations Office (IRO), and the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations. Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day is one of a range of initiatives shared between the City and the Confederacy. The working relationship between the organizations was formalized through the Memorandum of Cooperation and Dialogue in 2012.

For More Information

Indigenous Relations Office

Citizen Services
8th Floor, CN Tower
10004 - 104 Avenue NW
P.O. Box 2359
Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7

Telephone 780-944-7602
Fax 780-577-3525
Email indigenousrelations@edmonton.ca