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OTC shares Treaty timeline through Government House

  • Published - 10/07/2023
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  • Posted By - OTC
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The Office of the Treaty Commissioner is thrilled to be sharing the Treaty Timeline in partnership with the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, Russell Mirasty, at Government House in Regina this summer.

“As we continue to work to share information with the public having this Treaty Timeline is an excellent tool to help further the understanding of Canada’s true history. Working with the Lieutenant Governor and his team, we are able to reach even more people,” said Treaty Commissioner, Mary Musqua-Culbertson.

Research started in 2018 for the Treaty Timeline, which was created to share the history of the territories from 1643 to 2022.  The goal was to represent a chronological timeline through 711 entries focusing on Treaty events, including entries on the history of settlement in Saskatchewan.

The display is printed on cloth and stretches serpentine through a room at Government House.

“I am grateful to the Office of the Treaty Commissioner for sharing this educational Treaty timeline with Government House,” said Lieutenant Governor Mirasty.

“The timeline is part of an exhibit that includes an original Treaty 6 Adhesion document, loaned to us by the Montreal Lake First Nation. The Adhesion artifact, along with the fascinating timeline display, help to make Treaty history come alive. I’ve been pleased to share the exhibit with classrooms visiting Government House in June, and on July 1, thousands of people viewed the exhibit. Many more will have an opportunity to learn about our Treaty history throughout the summer.”

Visitors will be able to learn starting with Pre-Contact, when since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples maintained a sacred connection to Mother Earth with their own political, legal, social, and economic systems develop in accordance with the laws of the Creator. The learnings wrap up in 2022 after the appointments of Mirasty as Lieutenant-Governor in 2019, and Kimberly Murray as the Independent Special Interlocutor for Missing Children and Unmarked Graves and Burial Sites.

The portable display will be available in Government House throughout the summer, before being installed in schools and used in Treaty events throughout Saskatchewan.