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Treaty 6 Recognition Day

The City of Edmonton and the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations co-hosted Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day in 2013 to commemorate the signing of Treaty No. 6 between the Plains, Wood Cree, Nakota, Saulteaux and Dene people and the Crown at Fort Carlton on August 23, 1876. To 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.  To acknowledge the achievements and contributions of local First Nations people to the development of the region, especially in the 144 years since the Treaty was signed; and to celebrate the collaborative relationship enjoyed today by the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations and the City of Edmonton.

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

Mayor Don Iveson and Grand Chief Billy Morin invite Edmontonians and all citizens of Alberta’s Treaty No. 6 territory to participate in the Treaty No. 6 Recognition Day Art Contest.

The winners from the 2020 contest are:

  • Youth CategoryReese Polukosho of Ardrossan, AB, Artwork Title: Passing on the Knowledge
  • Adult CategorySvetlana Okovacki of Edmonton AB, Title of Artwork: Glaciers of Time

View their winning artwork in the Art Contest Gallery

Mayor Don Iveson

Grand Chief Billy Morin

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
18th Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111 104 Avenue NW
P.O. Box 2359
Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7

Telephone

780-944-7602

Fax 780-577-3525
Email indigenousrelations@edmonton.ca

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