BATCHEWANA FIRST NATION – Batchewana First Nation will host the Robinson Huron Economic Trade Show on Whitefish Island this weekend, in commemoration of the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850. Sunday September 9. 2012 will mark the 162nd anniversary of the signing of the Robinson Huron Treaty that took place in Sault Ste. Marie.
This historic Treaty allowed for the eventual establishment of Sault Ste. Marie and the further development of Northern Ontario.
Historically Whitefish Island was the centre for trade and commerce as the natural waterways of the Great Lakes connected First Nations and created an area for economic activity. Paying homage to the area, the Robinson Huron Trade show is intended to re-establish Anishinabek roots in both Canada and the United States economy.
This venue will provide the opportunity for First Nations citizens; local public, consumers and investors to see first hand what First Nations can contribute through resources, services, and consumer products. Trade fair exhibits will be on display; participants include Waubetek, Sagamok Development Corp., and several local First Nation’s businesses.
The two-day event coordinated by the Mamaweswen North Shore Tribal Council will offer seminars to identify common interest, generate sharing and networking towards First Nations economic development initiatives. The weekend will also be a time to celebrate with a traditional pipe ceremony, and allow leadership to dialogue in regards to the status of the Treaty, and determine how to develop a common understanding of how all parties involved, including the Government of Canada (Crown) can work together.
Everyone is welcome to attend the modern circle of trade at Whitefish Island this weekend. Native businesses and the general public are encouraged to learn about the products and businesses located in the Great Lakes area today.