Treaty One Nation, Treaty Relations Commission, and Parks Canada begin virtual campaign leading up to August 3rd Commemoration

June 20, 2021                Treaty No. 1 Territory, St. Andrews, MB                            

Today, the Treaty One Nation, in partnership with Parks Canada and the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba, are launching the six-week countdown to the 150th Anniversary of the making of Treaty No. 1 on August 3, 2021.


This virtual campaign kicks off with commemorative videos and a six-part series in the Winnipeg Free Press with weekly articles penned by Treaty One Nation community members. The aim is for Treaty One Nation Elders, leadership and youth to share various aspects of the beautiful Anishinaabe culture and traditions, highlights from each of the seven Treaty One communities, as well as the significance of the Treaty signed on August 3, 1871 between the Crown and our respective Nations.

As in years past, a small in-person gathering to mark the occasion will take place at Lower Fort Garry on August 3rd, pending provincial health restrictions. After an early morning pipe ceremony, the Oyate Techa Riders will perform an honour ride on horseback through the grounds to usher in the flags and eagle staffs of each of the seven Treaty One Nations. A formal commemoration and flag raising, followed by opening remarks by First Nations and government leadership, will be offered to guests and dignitaries. Visitors will also be able to view a curated exhibit that includes the sacred pipes from the original ceremonies, a Treaty No. 1 document replica, and other important historical items from the events leading up to the August 3, 1871 signing. Activities will then shift to Naawi-Oodena (former Kapyong site) in Winnipeg, with more details to come as planning continues.

The countdown clock, along with a list of events and activities related to Treaty 1 – 150 can be found on the Treaty One Nation website and we encourage people to follow #TreatyOne150 on Instagram and Facebook. Further details regarding restrictions and health protocols related to the August 3rd gathering will be shared as local restrictions become known.

With the countdown to Treaty 1 – 150 now underway, Parks Canada continues to work closely with Treaty One Nation to advance reconciliation efforts, including increasing Indigenous history and perspectives at Lower Fort Garry and other Parks Canada places. Treaties remain critical agreements that guide the relationship between the Government of Canada and First Nations in Western Canada.

Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site was the location where Treaty No. 1 was negotiated in 1871. This treaty was the first of the 11 numbered treaties that helped establish Western Canada. Treaty No.1 one was made with the understanding that the Treaty would be in place for “as long as the sun shines, the grass grows and the river flows”. 

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