The Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society explores the historical significance of the events at Blackfoot Crossing in 1877, while investigating the consequences and implications of Treaty 7, 141 years later. The Society invites people of all ages and backgrounds to consider an enlightened, sustainable future for everyone – together.
The mandate of Making Treaty 7 is an evolving nexus of activities that includes themes of cultural literacy, education, historical commemoration, tourism, and a revitalized appreciation for First Nations identity and perspective. Making Treaty 7 invites participation from a broad cross-section of groups and institutions. The project’s potential for partnerships is limited only by the imagination, and by our actual capacity to respond to opportunity. Some of these goals are achieved through the following activities:
Making Treaty 7: a groundbreaking theatrical presentation featuring a diverse and talented ensemble of over 20 First Nations and non-Aboriginal performers, musicians, dancers and poets. The performance breathes life into the history and legacy of the founding event of modern southern Alberta.
The Making Treaty 7 Cultural Festival: explores the historical significance of the events at Blackfoot Crossing in 1877, while investigating the consequences and implications of Treaty 7, 141 years later. Making Treaty 7 invites people of all backgrounds and ages to consider an enlightened, sustainable future for everyone – together. The Making Treaty 7 Cultural Festival will be a fully realized festival event in time for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.
Discussing Treaty 7: a set of comprehensive Discussing Treaty 7 Study Guides will be developed to assist in discussions about the privileges and responsibilities of the making of Treaty 7. Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal partners will develop the curriculum, which will be used annually in interactive symposia to discuss the consequences of the Treaty 7 document. This project will lead to an increased understanding of historic and current human rights issues impacting the Aboriginal community.
Making Treaty 7 depends on the support and endorsement of the Treaty 7 First Nations Chiefs Association and the community of Treaty 7 Elders. That support has been duly earned through over three years of diligent consultation. First Nations endorsement provides purpose and the required momentum to move this important project forward. Our instructions from the community of Elders are that the process be respectful and consultative and that the outcome be accurate, authentic, traditional and contemporary.