Cherish Violet Blood in Little Brother (Sept 2014) - Photo by Arnell Tailfeathers

“Increasingly we hear the phrase, ‘we are all Treaty people’. What does this mean to the majority of us who have never been taught the history of the Treaties, nor their fundamental role in the creation of Canada? Making Treaty 7 will serve for years to come as a finely crafted artistic experience that will help us answer that question. Beyond its creative content, form and soundscape, we also have before us an uplifting example of how reconciliation can express itself through the arts… not just in the choice of such previously ignored subject matter, but also in the creative process itself. It is the direct involvement and guidance of traditional knowledge keepers from the Treaty 7 region that have enriched the authenticity, beauty and importance of this particular treaty portrayal. In so doing, they have also contributed vital new voices to our growing understanding of the spirit, intent, and contemporary relevance of all historical Treaties in Canada.

Congratulations on this powerful contribution ‎to the ongoing work of truth and reconciliation!”

~ Marie Wilson, Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada