We Are All Treaty People Weekend commemorates and celebrates Treaty No. 6, which was signed and adhered to at Fort Edmonton on August 21, 1877. Treaty-making was a defining moment in Canadian history and for the Indigenous peoples of this territory. On this weekend we strive to engage the public to raise awareness of the Treaty relationship and the diverse First Nations histories and cultures of this territory.
Take part in a number of themed events happening around the Park all weekend!
Treaty No. 6 Flag Raising Ceremony
Fort Back Triangle
Saturday at 11:00 AM – 45 minute program
Join Fort Edmonton Park and members from the Confederacy of Treaty No. 6 First Nations as we raise the Treaty No. 6 flag in commemoration and celebration of its adherence, as it was signed at Fort Edmonton on August 21, 1877.
Cree Mîkowâhp (tipi) Teachings
Fort Back Triangle
Sunday at 11:30 AM – 30 minute program
The mîkowâhp is so much more than a home, its symbolism runs deep and it has meanings not often obvious to many. Allow our interpreters to share some of these with you as you experience putting one up.
Pow Wow Dance Demonstrations
Fort Back Triangle
1:00 PM – 2 hour program
With our partners’ help we have invited a number of Indigenous performers to show us their best. Join us behind the Fort for an opportunity to view drumming, singing, dancing, and community.
Gentlemen’s Tea: Who Owns Rupert’s Land
1:30 PM – 20 minute program
Who ‘owns’ Rupert’s Land? The Indigenous Peoples, the Company, or can anyone truly own the land? Join our gentlemen in this challenging debate.
Ladies’ Tea: Treaty No. 6
12:00 – 2:00 PM – 2 hour program
The ladies of the Edmonton settlement may not have the vote, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have opinions. Sit down for a cup of tea and discuss the recent history of the North-West, including the signing of and adherence to Treaty No. 6 at Fort Edmonton, and what it means for the past and the present.
Scrip: The Agent Is In!
Dominion Land Office
1:00 – 2:30 PM – 1.5 hour program
Do you value land or money? 240 acres or $240 can be yours depending on your answer, all you have to do is give up who you are.
2:30 – 4:00 PM – 1.5 hour program
The last of the great bison herds are just about gone, putting an end to millennia of traditions. The bones of this beast can still fetch a profit, though. You and your kids can help the Métis interpreters find bison bones around the site and turn them in for a pretty penny! You’ll be surprised when you learn what’s going to happen to them.
Where’s Your Pass?
Roving on 1905 Street
11:30 AM and 2:30 PM – 30 minute program
What do you think it would feel like to need a slip of paper to leave your land? Make sure that you have it, or else you could get in a lot of trouble!
Enoch Land Surrender
Tipi & Wagon Site 1905
12:30 PM – 40 minute program
Whose land is it anyway? Have a cup of tea with our First Nations interpreters and chat about the reserve system in the early 1900s. This is a safe space for the curious.
A League of Our Own: The Formation of the League of Indians
2:00 PM and 4:00 PM – 15 minute program
Join the urban Indigenous people of Edmonton in 1922 as they discuss joining Frederick Loft’s League of Indians to advocate on behalf of Indigenous peoples to the federal government.
Book Club: The Story of A National Crime
3:00 PM – 1 hour program
Come and take part in a book club hosted by a young lady from the U of A who has obtained a book published in 1924. This week’s topic is a difficult but important one: the impact and legacy of residential schools and an appeal for justice.
Johnny J. Jones Midway
Let Them Dance! The Pow-wow Petition
2:30 PM – 1 hour program
The Dominion (Federal) government has banned pow-wows and other Indigenous cultural celebrations, and tried to prohibit performers from attending exhibitions. Sign the petition and end this ban for the benefit of Indigenous cultural traditions and exhibition economic success!
Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon at 1:00 PM – 2 hour tour
Start at the Courtyard Flagpole
Accompany our knowledgeable tour guide on a fascinating and informative two-hour walking tour of Fort Edmonton Park as they share stories and tales from Edmonton’s rich past.