THUNDER BAY – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy and NAN Executive Council together with Treaty No. 5 leadership, this week will welcome Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo as the keynote speaker for the 1910 Treaty No. 5 Commemoration Gala. AFN Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse will also be providing remarks.
“We are pleased that the National Chief and other leadership will be present to commemorate this historic event,” said NAN Grand Chief Stan Beardy. “This Treaty is a relevant, living document that is the basis of our relations with the government, so it is important for everyone to recognize and respect it.”
“The centennial commemoration of Treaty 5 presents an opportunity to remember that Treaties were signed between Nations: First Nations and the Crown,” said AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo.
“This means that we are all Treaty people – First Nations and all Canadians – with shared responsibilities to live together and work together in the spirit of mutual respect and mutual recognition. This is what our ancestors intended by entering into Treaties, and that vision will guide us forward today.”