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Aug 03, 2015
‘This is part of my history … because this is where Treaty 1 was signed’ says Cree elder
Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site hosted its annual Treaty 1 commemoration ceremony on Monday, marking an agreement between Canada’s First Nations and the Crown that was made almost 150 years ago.
“It’s the place where Treaty 1 itself was actually made, right here, not far from the spot I’m standing,” said David Lavallee, a communications officer with Parks Canada in Winnipeg.
“It was the first of the numbered treaties between the Crown and First Nations people in Canada.”
Events got underway with a pipe ceremony at 10 a.m., followed by a treaty relations committee panel discussion in the visitor centre. And organizers at the historic site added a new event.