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July 20, 2023
As part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the signing of Treaty #3, Grand Council Treaty #3 is proud to announce the arrival of an original community copy along with all three adhesions to the Treaty #3 Territory. After a long series of discussions with Library and Archives Canada and with assistance from the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs Ontario, a travelling agreement was reached to see the documents travel from the National Archives to various locations in the Treaty #3 Territory.
The community copy originated with one of the signatories of Treaty #3, hereditary Chief Paabamasagaa of Naotkamegwanning First Nation. The treaty was cared for by his family until 1977 when it was placed with the National Archives of Canada (now Library and Archives Canada) for safekeeping. In 1978, the treaty was placed on long-term loan at the Lake of the Woods Museum until 2017 when it was returned to Library and Archives Canada for a conservation assessment. The three adhesions travelling with the original community document include the Shebandowan Adhesion, the Lac Seul Adhesion and the Adhesion by Halfbreeds of Rainy River and Lake. This is the first time that both the Treaty document and all three adhesions are displayed together in the Treaty #3 Territory.