FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fort St. John council authorized staff to apply for the Commemorate Canada Grant during Monday’s regular council meeting in order to acknowledge the 125th anniversary of the signing of Treaty 8.
The grant would provide 100 per cent funding for an event to be held in partnership with the Treaty 8 Tribal Association acknowledging the signing of the treaty, which took place between the Canadian Crown and various First Nations on June 21st, 1899.
The agreement encompassed a land mass of 840,000 kilometres-squared, and Treaty 8 territory consists of 39 First Nation communities in northern Alberta, northwestern Saskatchewan, northeastern B.C., and the southwest portion of the Northwest Territories.
There are eight Treaty 8 First Nations in B.C.: Doig River, Halfway River, Fort Nelson, Saulteau, West Moberly, Prophet River, and Blueberry River.
If the application is approved, city staff will meet with the Treaty 8 Tribal Association to discuss options for the event, which will take place next year.
The application deadline for the Comemmorate Canada Grant is on October 1st.
The grant, funded by the Government of Canada, provides money to initiatives that commemorate and celebrate historical figures, places, events and accomplishments of national significance.
More information about the Commemorate Canada program can be found here.