Hundreds of people have made their way to the Annual Urban Treaty Days celebration this year.
The event, held by Regina Treaty/Status Indian Services is a celebration of the Treaty relationship between First Nations and all newcomers since the time of signing.
Erica Beaudin Urban Services Manager with the organization says it’s a good way to learn more about other cultures.
From a powwow demonstration to a pipe ceremony, the event was a chance to reflect and recognize Treaty rights signed back in 1874.
Five dollars was given out to each Band member Tuesday afternoon for an annuity payment as a symbolic gesture of tradition.
Five dollars may not seem like a lot.
But to First Nations people in Saskatchewan who can collect this money as an annual treaty payment, it represents centuries of painful history.
The first treaty was signed in 1871 during Queen Victoria’s reign.
The treaties were originally between First Nations and the Crown.
Later on, Canada took on the obligation of the treaty,