by Calgary 2012
To conclude their year as Cultural Capital of Canada, Calgary 2012 is initiating a legacy project that explores and promotes Calgary’s cultural identity through an examination of the relevance of Treaty 7 to our past, present and future.
The Making Treaty 7 project & symposium is February 23 & 24 at Fort Calgary and includes a public workshop presentation on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Making Treaty 7 is a project that breathes new life into the founding treaty for southern Alberta created 136 years ago. Involving the direct participation and formal endorsement of Kainai, Piikani, Siksika, Tsuu T’ina, Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley First Nations, it also includes representation from the other cultures present at Blackfoot Crossing for the ten days it took to complete the treaty, including HBC, NWMP, the Government of Canada and the missionary presence.
“There are so many different ways to express culture and each one is a creative expression of our relationship to this place we call home,” stated Michael Green, Calgary 2012 Curator & Creative Producer. “The Making Treaty 7 project invites all Calgarians to imagine our way forward – together – through the frame of Treaty 7, the founding document of our home.”The outcome of this symposium will be the launch of an annually occurring cultural celebration in commemoration of this foundational event. Making of Treaty 7 is supported by: Suncor Energy Foundation, The Banff Centre, RBC Foundation and The Calgary Foundation.