There are four new signatories to the Buffalo Treaty in Alberta as of last Friday, Sept. 20.
Ermineskin Cree Nation, Montana Cree Band, Woodland Cree First Nation and Peepeekisis Cree Nation have joined the more than 25 existing signatories to the treaty that works to honour and revitalize the relationship Indigenous nations have with the buffalo. It was initially signed Sept. 24, 2014.
The day included the unveiling of a statue by artist Rudiger Schmidt and wife Nancy of Clear Lake at the Samson Cree Nation band office. People then gathered at Nipisihkopahk Secondary School at Samson Cree Nation to celebrate with a host of activities, including a school re-enactment of the signing of Treaty 6, and a short film on the Buffalo Robe's Winter Count by Dennis Omeasoo. He shared the buffalo hide story.
Dr Leroy Little Bear presented a lecture about buffalo.
Photos by Brad Crowfoot