June 21, 2018 marked a proud and historic moment, the Treaty 6 flag now flies permanently at City Hall. National Indigenous Peoples Day began with the annual Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre’s pancake breakfast. Participants in the celebration then progressed to North Battleford City Hall, joining others that gathered for this highly anticipated moment.
Ira Horse from Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre was the master of ceremonies, who thanked everyone for attending and acknowledging our place of gathering on traditional Indigenous lands and the homeland of the Metis. The Elders Council from Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre said a prayer for the event and the flag.
The Treaty 6 flag was raised by Indigenous veterans with Mayor Ryan Bater and Chief Wayne Semaganis of Little Pine Cree Nation looking on and Wild Horse played drums as the flag rose to its permanent place of prominence.
Permanently flying the Treaty 6 flag is another step in the City’s journey to building positive, long-lasting relationships with our First Nation neighbours, friends and residents. This act proudly acknowledges our place in Treaty 6 Territory.
Mayor Ryan Bater addressed the crowd “Before there was a City of North Battleford, or a Province of Saskatchewan, or even Canada, these lands were the traditional territory of Indigenous People”, adding “Through the signing of Treaty Six the Indigenous People agreed to share the land in the spirit of harmony and peace. For that we are forever grateful.”
“Treaty was a sacred Oath with the Creator to share the land”, said Chief Wayne Semaganis. He also shared that “For too long the Treaty’s were not honoured.” However, he stated that today and going forward we have “renewed relationships with the City of North Battleford and the Town of Battleford”. Chief Semaganis also relayed a message from the Elders. Now that the Treaty 6 Flag is permanently raised at City Hall, this is a visible sign that this is everyone’s community. We all need to take pride in the City and be responsible to make it a safe and welcoming place to live. In particular, he challenged the youth in the community to embrace this vision.
Indigenous youth, Davis Horse gave a message English and Cree, to the youth. It was a message of thanks to the elders for their lessons and guiding the youth.
The City of North Battleford thanks everyone who was involved with the raising of the flag and for everyone who attended this momentous occasion.
For more information:
Jennifer Niesink, Director of Planning and Development
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