CALGARY, July 7, 2017 /CNW/ - The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, issued the following statement today:
"It is an honour to open the Indian Village at this year's Calgary Stampede. The Indian Village has been a part of the Stampede since its inception 105 years ago and in the spirit of reconciliation, the Chiefs of Treaty 7 served as this year's parade marshals. I am encouraged by the relationships that continue to be strengthened between Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners on traditional Treaty 7 territory. The Calgary Stampede serves as an opportunity to recognize the importance and contributions of the Treaty 7 families: Kainai, Tsuut'ina, Stoney Nakoda, Siksika and Piikani.
For the 10 days of the Stampede, all visitors are welcome to view the 26 tipis representing the five nations, as well as the art, artifacts, clothing and culture that recognize the historical contributions Indigenous communities have made to the development of Canada.
By participating in the Indian Village at the Calgary Stampede, we celebrate the resilience and pride of Alberta First Nations and their unique cultures and heritage. As part of the ongoing Canada 150 celebrations, I encourage all Canadians to reflect on their role on our shared journey of reconciliation."
Additional information on the Treaty 7 natives and tribes represented can be found at www.treaty7.org.
SOURCE Government of Canada
For further information: the media may contact: Sabrina Williams, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, 613-697-8316; Media Relations, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, 819-953-1160