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Treaty 7 Text

Articles of a Treaty made and concluded this twenty-second day of September, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-seven, between HER MOST GRACIOUS MAJESTY THE QUEEN of Great Britain and Ireland, by Her Commissioners, the Honorable DAVID LAIRD, Lieutenant-Governor and Indian Superintendent of the North-West Territories, and JAMES FARQUHARSON MACLEOD, […]

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Treaty 7

Treaty Seven was a peace treaty made between two nations – the tribes of the Blackfoot Confederacy, (Siksika), Piikani (Peigan) and Kainaiwa (Blood) Tsuu T’ina (Sarcee), the Stoney (Bear spaw, Chiniki, and Wesley/Goodstoney) and Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, by Her Commissioners, the honorable David Laird, Lieutenant Governor and Indian Superintendent of the North-West Territories, and James Farquharson Macleod, C.M.G., […]

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First Nations and the Rideau Canal

Historians will tell you that the Rideau Canal system, which connects Lake Ontario to the Ottawa River, was begun in 1826 under the direction of Lieutenant Colonel John By. But in fact the history goes back much further and involves around 50,000 First Nations Peoples.The Algonquin People have inhabited the area we now call Eastern […]

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Apache Creation Story

From the Archives of Blue Panther Animals, elements, the solar system, and natural phenomena are revered by the Apaches. That which is beyond their understanding is always ascribed to the supernatural. In the beginning nothing existed–no earth, no sky, no sun, no moon, only darkness was everywhere. Suddenly from the darkness emerged a thin disc, […]

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Creation of the World – Algonkian

In the beginning of creation there was nothing but water everywhere and no land could be seen. On the waves, a canoe floated and a man sat in it and wept because he had no idea what would happen. After a while, a muskrat climbed onto the canoe and said, “Greetings, grandfather. Why are you […]

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Welcome to the Potlach

Bruce Ricketts If you are ever invited to a potlach ceremony, you can forget about bringing a gift for the host.  Just bring a bag large enough to carry home the gifts you are given.It has been said that it is greater to give than to receive and for Canadian west-coast Indians, the potlach was […]

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Napi – The Trickster

A Blackfoot Legend One hot summer day, Napi, the supernatural trickster of the Blackfoot peoples, rested on the rock because the day was warm and he was tired. He spread his robe on the rock, telling the rock to keep the robe in return for letting Napi rest there. Suddenly, the weather changed and Napi […]

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The Métis

Bruce Ricketts If I asked you to identify one story of the Métis, you would probably mention Louis Riel.  And you would be right; Riel was probably the best known Métis in Canada’s history.  But there many others.This article is about a couple of them that have common threads with Riel.  First: they were Métis.  […]

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First Nations Treaties with Canada

Mysteries of Canada has begun a new section that will highlight many of the treaties that Canada (before and after Confederation) has signed with the First Nations people.Our first story is about Treaty 7.       First Nations Treaties with Canada was last modified: November 14th, 2014 by Bruce Ricketts

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“Almighty Voice”

About an hour north of Saskatoon lies the small town (population 700) of Duck Lake.  Canadian historians know Duck Lake as the site of the major battle of the North West Rebellion. But how many know the story of “Almighty Voice“? Almighty Voice, also known as “Kisse-Manitou-Wayo” or “Shu-Kwe-weetam” by the locals, was arrested by […]

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