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First Annual Treaty Six Day Celebration to be held on Aug. 23

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Town takes next important steps in reconciliation efforts

The Town of Devon is excited to celebrate its first annual Treaty Six Day on Aug. 23 in honour of the first signing of Treaty Six on Aug. 23, 1876, in Fort Carlton (now known as Saskatchewan).

Treaties are permanent, legally binding agreements between the Crown and First Nations. As a municipality within Treaty Six, Devon has made it a high priority to recognize the lands we live in and help educate one another on what the true intent of Treaty means.  

Treaty 6 Day Proclamation

As part of the Town’s reconciliation efforts, a Treaty Six Day proclamation was created to institute Aug. 23 as an annual day of celebration for the Town of Devon. Mayor Ray Ralph will officially sign the proclamation on Treaty Six Day.

“Being part of Devon’s Indigenous engagement initiatives and learning about Indigenous cultures has been one of the most rewarding parts of serving as Mayor,” said Ray Ralph, Mayor for the Town of Devon. “The Treaty Six Day proclamation is a crucial step in uniting Devon with our Indigenous neighbours and doing our part as treaty people. It will also serve as a reminder for future generations to always remain vigilant in reconciliation efforts.”

Celebrations for Aug. 23

For this first annual event, Devon has partnered with neyaskweyahk (Ermineskin Cree Nation) to help bring an interactive, educational and culturally appropriate event to Devon that will include:

  • A flag-raising ceremony
  • A Proclamation signing
  • Tipi Sessions
  • Indigenous drumming and food trucks

The morning ceremony and proclamation signing will be at the Town of Devon Office, while the afternoon festivities will be held in Voyageur Park (Secret Park/kîmôc nakîwin).

More information will be available at devon.ca/Treaty-Six-Day as the day approaches.

For more information contact: 

Justin Janke
Communications Coordinator
Town of Devon
P: 780-987-8302
E: JJanke@devon.ca

Mitch Wincentaylo
Indigenous Engagement Coordinator
Town of Devon
P: 587-597-0691
E: MWincentaylo@devon.ca             

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