The weather was volatile, but the attendance was great, as was the content of the day.
See videos below of Allen Sutherland and Jennifer Preston’s main addresses. Then enjoy watching the prayer flags be hung, and some sharing from Henry Neufeld and the new Treaty Commissioner: Loretta Ross.
Below that is a bit more info on the event itself.
146: Pathways to Treaty Relations.
Treaty 1 was signed 146 years ago at Lower Fort Garry. What does Treaty 1 mean to you? Treaty is an invitation into sharing land for the benefit of all living things. Come learn about the ways this sacred commitment can breathe new life into our relationships with one another and the world around us.
Date & Schedule: June 25, 2017
- 1-4 pm @ Lower Fort Garry (5925 Highway 9 St. Andrews, MB): Workshops from 2:00pm – 4:00pm and Artist Tent
- 4-6 pm @ Little Britain United Church (5879 Provincial Trunk Hwy 9, Lockport, MB – Just a short walk away from Lower Fort Garry): Bagged picnic lunch
What to bring: $5*, a bagged lunch, a lawn chair and a friend!
Free bussing is available from Knox United Church (return trip).
Jennifer Preston – In 2015 Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released their Final Report and 94 Calls to Action, related to the legacy of Indian Residential Schools. The TRC called the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples “the framework for reconciliation”. This presentation will provide an opportunity for people of Faith to find their place in understanding both the TRC and the UN Declaration and the role of Settlers in the journey of reconciliation.
Allen Sutherland – Focusing on the oral tradition of Treaty 1 and its spiritual foundations, this presentation will utilize a historical timeline to draw connections between historical events and present day issues that affect our understanding of treaty, social and legal issues, and ultimately our relationships.
*The annual payment of five dollars was a part of the treaty agreements in the 1870’s and to this day, every person is handed five bucks by the Canadian Government staff at “treaty time”. We are inviting each person who attends to bring a crisp $5 bill (if you are able) and to pay at the registration table. These funds will be used by the Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre to cover some of the costs of hosting this gathering.