Calgarians learning about signing of Treaty 7

Calgarians will get some insight into how First Nations chiefs signed Treaty 7, which took place in 1877.

The signing allowed for the peaceful settlement of a huge tract of land in Western Canada.

Fort Calgary is hosting the theatre project called Making Treaty Seven Sunday afternoon.

It consist of a series of vignettes about the signing of the treaty 136 years ago at Blackfoot crossing.

Reg Crowshoe, an Aboriginal advisor on the project, says it is an important event.

"Especially when we come from an oral perspective and a non-written culture…the understanding of the treaty from our perspective — I think that's important that we represent that," Crowshoe said.

“We signed the treaty as First Nation community, but we also had the non-native people sign the treaty also. That makes us all treaty people and it's important that we should know and be aware of the treaties that we signed."

The theatre project is part of Calgary's "Culture Capital" program — a designation that came with $1.6 million in federal funding last year.

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