Washington D.C. Native Nations Rise Meetings
The Treaty Comes Home
The Piikani Nation Powwow & Celebration
The Piikani Nation Annual Celebration, the oldest powwow in Canada, made history on its 60th Anniversary. An estimated 25,000 people attended this year’s celebration, and those present on Saturday night (August 5) witnessed the repatriation of the now UN-backed and internationally recognized “Grizzly Treaty,” which began life in Piikani and was first signed on the Nation last September 29. After being carried to over 100 Tribal Nations and becoming the most signed treaty in history with 170 tribes now signatories, The Grizzly: A Treaty of Cooperation, Cultural Revitalization and Restoration was welcomed home by Chief and Council, and guest of honor, Environment Minster Shannon Phillips. History was also made when Chairman Brandon Sazue of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe presented his Nation’s flag to Chief Grier, to formally complete the “Remaking of the Sacred Hoop” between the Piikani Nation of the Blackfoot Confederacy and the Great Sioux Nation.
Listen here as Hon. Shannon Phillips welcomes the Treaty home to Piikani
Councilman Brian Jackson, Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips, and Kiitokii
“This Grizzly Treaty is a symbol, I think, and a commitment to the protection of the environment, and as the Environment Minister I appreciate all of those efforts on behalf of all of the Nations who have worked so hard on this treaty. As part of our commitment to the Piikani people, our Province will be co-managing the new Castle Parks with the Piikani people, so that we can work hard to preserve this species and all of the other species in your relationship to the land and your traditional land use. So, I look forward to working with you on that project and many other projects as we move forward.”
Hon. Shannon Phillips, Environment Minister – August 5, 2017.
Councillor Barnaby Provost, Chief Stanley Grier, Chairman Brandon Sazue, Councillor Brian Jackson
and Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips
“This Grizzly Treaty we initiated is now the most signed treaty in the history of all Tribal Nations in North America. Some 170 tribes are signatories to this treaty. In taking this action, we also continue the drive to reinforce and defend the Piikani Nation’s original treaty rights from the 1851 Fort Laramie and 1855 Lame Bull treaties. In the current political atmosphere created by the Trump Administration, it is vital that we protect our treaties and the rights and interests of our people on both sides of the border. Our own treaty, The Grizzly: A Treaty of Cooperation, Cultural Revitalization and Restoration, has elevated the profile of the Piikani Nation throughout the corridors of power in the US Congress, Senate, and White House. Numerous prominent Congressmen and Senators support our treaty and issues, so much so that it is speculated to be the foundation of a forthcoming Act of Congress, which would be a truly historic event for the Piikani Nation. In January 2017, former US President Barack Obama recognized and supported our treaty, and Prime Minster Trudeau has informed me that he has read the treaty, and we will be inviting the Prime Minister to be the final signatory, to symbolically close this sacred circle. In the spirit of our ancestors and for our future generations, we will continue to defend our way of life, and ensure that the rights of our people today continue to be honored.”
Chief Stan Grier, Chief of the Piikani Nation – August 5, 2017.
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