Calgarians learn about Treaty 7 signing

Calgarians got some insight into how Treaty 7 was signed, which happened in 1877.
Fort Calgary hosted a theatre project called Making Treaty Seven, and is putting on a series of vignettes of the signing which took place in 1877. (CBC)

Calgarians got some insight into how First Nations chiefs signed Treaty 7, which took place in 1877.

The signing allowed for the peaceful settlement of a huge tract of land in Western Canada.

Fort Calgary hosted the theatre project called Making Treaty 7 Sunday afternoon.

It consisted of a series of vignettes about the signing of the treaty 136 years ago at Blackfoot Crossing.

Reg Crowshoe, an aboriginal advisor on the project, says it is an important event.

"Especially when we come from an oral perspective and a non-written culture…the understanding of the treaty from our perspective — I think that's important that we represent that," Crowshoe said.

"We signed the treaty as First Nation community, but we also had the non-native people sign the treaty also. That makes us all treaty people and it's important that we should know and be aware of the treaties that we signed."

The theatre project is part of Calgary's Culture Capital program — a designation that came with $1.6 million in federal funding last year.