Keenooshayo, chief of the Cree at Lesser Slave Lake, addresses the Treaty Commission in 1899—the year Treaty 8 was signed on June 21. Treaty 8 covers about 840 000 kilometres across Northern Alberta, Northwestern Saskatchewan, Northeastern B.C., and the Southwestern portion of the Northwest Territories.
June 21 is also National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day to celebrate the culture, heritage, and contributions of Canada’s First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples—the first peoples of Canada. In the 2016 census, more than 1.67 million Canadians identified themselves as an Aboriginal person. The AER is committed to working with indigenous communities in Alberta to better understand and consider their worldviews when it comes to energy development. We are all treaty people.
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