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Winnipeg Police Service helps display Treaty HistoryWinnipeg Police Service helps display Treaty History

December 11, 2014 - As many people know, the Assembly of First Nations held its National Election and Assembly in Winnipeg this week. Over 600 delegates and their families from across Canada were expected to come to our City for this event.

The Manitoba Museum, the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba, and the host organization for the event, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, partnered to release a number of historic artifacts from the Museum’s confines so that they could be on display at the James Richardson International Airport. This was arranged for Monday December 8th, to welcome the arriving delegates.

The artifacts consisted of a beaded pipe bag from the Norway House area dating back to the mid-1800’s, a traditional pair of embroidered moose hide mitts, and a commemorative medal issued by the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York in 1901 to show the Crown’s renewed commitment to Treaty 5 which was first entered into in 1875.

The most significant artifact was the actual Treaty 5 medal itself. This medal, presented to the Chiefs of the territory upon entering into the Treaty, symbolized the partnership between the various natives communities and the Crown as the west was opened up for settlement.

We were deeply moved to be asked to transport these precious items between the Manitoba Museum and the Airport for the day.

We recognized the level of trust placed upon us by our Indigenous community and we were honored to provide the necessary security associated with their trust. It stands as its own symbol of how far our relations have evolved.

*Pictured in front of the Treaty 5 display case are Constable Dirk Creighton, Dr. Amelia Fay, Curator of the HBC Museum Collection, and Constable Pat Chabidon.   

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