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October 18, 2023
The Simpcw First Nation and the Stoney Nation are reawakening the ties of an historic nation-to-nation agreement made in 1895.
The agreement established their mutual commitment to share resources by means of reciprocal hunting privileges within each other’s respective hunting grounds on the land now known as Jasper National Park.
“This is just a reawakening to show the other user groups in Jasper that it is a shared area: that we’re working together on continuing ensuring it’s a shared area,” said Kúkwpi7 (Chief) for Simpcw George Lampreau.
“We didn’t do this overnight. It’s been a long, long process,” said Barry Wesley of the Stoney Nation.
Since time immemorial, the two nations have had a treaty and their ancestors would reconnect the treaty within the eastern slopes every four years up until Jasper National Park was established in 1907, then called Jasper Forest Park.