Treaty 4 Gathering
For the past 30 years, an annual gathering has taken place in the Qu’Appelle Valley to reconnect, recognize and honor the spirit and intent of Treaty 4. This week-long gathering takes place on the original site that Treaty 4 was entered into, during the week of the anniversary that Treaty 4 was made; promoting true acknowledgment and appreciation of the First Nations history in the Qu’Appelle Valley traditional lands and territories.
All Canadians are beneficiaries of the treaties, whether on the Crown-settler side, the First Nations side, or both. Canada will be stronger when we have stronger Treaty relationships that honor and uplift the critical role of First Nations. However healthy relationships can’t flourish without education, awareness and mutual respect. The Annual Treaty 4 Gathering provides the avenue to build respectful relationships within the Treaty 4 territory and creates the opportunity for non-First Nations to learn about Treaty 4 and Treaty rights; as well as First Nations history and culture. With an average of over twenty-thousand participants, the Treaty 4 Gathering presents a unique opportunity for non-profit organizations, unions, and businesses to engage First Nations peoples with the services they provide as well as to learn more about working with First Nations people. The Annual Treaty 4 Gathering is a way to honor our ancestors; educate and empower our youth; continue to preserve our culture, values, and language; and ensure the spirit and intent of Treaty 4 continues.