Treaty 6 Day Proclaimed in Edmonton
August 23, 2013
Historic relationship between Aboriginal communities and City honoured
Chiefs representing 18 Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations assembled at Edmonton City Hall to recognize the historic relationship forged between the Plains and Wood Cree people and the Crown at Fort Carlton in 1876.
The event, which proclaimed August 23, 2013 annual Treaty 6 Day in Edmonton, honoured City ties with Aboriginal communities built upon respect, sharing common histories and cultures and acknowledging people’s unique contributions made over the past decades.
Last year, the City’s relationship with Treaty 6 was strengthened when Mayor Mandel, on behalf of City Council and the citizens of Edmonton, signed the historic Memorandum of Cooperation and Dialog at the Alexis First Nations Pow-Wow.
“Today marks the historic first anniversary of the agreement we signed with Treaty 6 to work together and communicate with each other about challenges and opportunities,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel. “With one of the largest and fastest growing urban Aboriginal populations in Canada, strengthening partnerships will create opportunities for urban aboriginals and Edmonton as a whole.”
To honour the City’s ongoing partnership with Treaty 6, the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations Flag was raised outside City Hall for one week while another flag will take permanent residence as part of the City’s Aboriginal Display inside. A traditional teepee was also erected next to the friendship clock tower.
“Today we recognize one of the foundational documents that led to the establishment of Edmonton,” said Craig Makinaw, Treaty 6 Grand Chief. “Moving forward, it is important for the Chiefs of Treaty 6 to be more connected to their members’ way of life in the urban setting.”
In 1993, the First Nations included in Treaty 6 came together to form the Confederacy of Treaty No. 6 First Nations, to act as a united political body and speak with a collective voice on common issues.
Future Treaty 6 Day events, including an annual gathering to discuss issues relevant to aboriginal communities, are currently being planned.
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