The original Treaty No. 5 and 1910 adhesion documents are now on display at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.
“This is a momentous occasion for us to be able to view one of the historic documents that is the basis to how we do business today,” Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy said. “This Treaty is a sacred agreement that created the current relationship we have with the Government of Canada.”
Treaty No. 5 was signed in 1875, and the 1910 adhesion was signed in 1910 to include the NAN communities of Deer Lake, Sandy Lake, Keewaywin, Koocheching, North Spirit Lake, Poplar Hill and Pikangikum.
The documents will be on display June 4-13 on loan from Library and Archives Canada, with the 1910 adhesion document scheduled to be transported to Sandy Lake June 9 for the 100-year commemoration in Sandy Lake and Deer Lake.
“As a leader in the presentation of Aboriginal art since 1981, the Gallery is honoured to present these original Treaty documents to the people of Thunder Bay and northwestern Ontario,” said Sharon Godwin, director of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. “We invite people to take this opportunity to view these important pieces of history and think about the significance of the Treaty in our present day life.”
The 100-year commemoration includes a sunrise ceremony, cultural demonstrations, entertainment and the grand opening of a new health centre in Deer Lake. Speakers will include Deer Lake Chief Roy Dale Meekis, Sandy Lake Chief Adam Fiddler, Beardy, Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse and other First Nations and non-First Nations leadership.
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