Treaty 4 Gathering will offer learning opportunities, celebration of culture

Veterans, RCMP and police lead the Treaty 4 parade down Broadway Street on Sept. 17. For more coverage of the parade and the Treaty 4 Gathering itself. Photo by Samantha Magee

 

By Samantha Magee

Fort Times Reporter

File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council is gearing up to celebrate its 31st annual Treaty 4 Gathering.

The weeklong event will be held from Sept. 11 to 17, in the same area where Treaty 4 was signed 143 years ago.

Treaty 4 is an agreement signed by Queen Victoria on Sept. 15, 1874 that covers most of southern Saskatchewan to the United States border and even extends into Alberta and Manitoba, encompassing Cree and Salteaux First Nations. The treaty, that comprises 34 different bands, was an agreement to share the land and the resources.
Fort Qu’Appelle is considered the home of Treaty 4 as the original agreement was signed where the All Nations’ Healing Hospital currently sits.
The week’s celebrations will begin with a traditional feast on Monday at 12 p.m.; on Tuesday there will be a culture and language gathering that will run until Friday; Wednesday marks the start of students activities and is a busy day complete with a career fair; on Thursday afternoon there will be treaty annuity payments and a dry dance in Lebret later that night at the White Calf Gymnasium; on Friday there will be a chief’s forum and a fastball and golf tournament.

Saturday will likely be one of the busier days as there will be a parade down Broadway Street at 11 a.m. and then the powwow runs from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. Things wrap up Sunday with more fastball tournaments and a powwow running from 1 to 7 p.m.

For a complete breakdown of the day to day events see the ad on page 8.