by Fort Edmonton Park
Chiefs representing the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations
and Senior Representatives of Fort Edmonton Park
gathered this morning to officially sign-off on a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation
that marks the beginning of a new approach to the portrayal of First Nations people's history in the Park. Mayor Don Iveson was in attendance to witness the signing.
The document, signed at a formal ceremony held at the 1846 Trading Fort, affirms the long-term commitment between Fort Edmonton Park and the Chiefs of Alberta Treaty Six First Nations. The Memorandum states:
"That the staffs of Fort Edmonton Park and the Confederacy of Treaty No. 6 First Nations will collaborate towards ensuring that the integrity of historical and cultural programming is inclusive of members of the Confederacy of Treaty No. 6 First Nations.
That the Confederacy of Treaty No. 6 First Nations and their members are included in capital development processes of Fort Edmonton Park when it impacts the historical and cultural narrative of First Nation peoples of this territory, and that the building of experiences at the park is a shared endeavor."
Fort Management Company Board Chair Doug Goss, says this event "will serve to enhance the visitors' experience at the Park by ensuring the authenticity of the First Nations narrative at the Park."
The Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations was created in 1993 with the purpose of serving as the united political voice of those treaty nations who are signatories of Treaty No. 6. Edmonton is located in Treaty No. 6 territory and an adhesion to the treaty was signed in or near the original Fort Edmonton on August 21, 1877.
For more information please contact:
Fort Edmonton Park
C: (587) 983-8274
P: (780) 442-2013
Intergovernmental Initiatives Coordinator
Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations
C: (780) 361-6733
P: (780) 944-0334