Iiyika'kimaat is a Blackfoot expression which means "try hard."
It is used by the artists of Making Treaty 7 as a reminder that, although the work we do is difficult and often emotional, it is important to persevere.
We challenge you to Iiyika'kimaat and to learn more about the stories of Treaty 7 through our digital offerings.
Get to know MT7 through our blog, including posts from our Artist of the Month,
Truth & Reconciliation, and What the Settler Learned series.
Help Us Find the Next Artist of the Month
Nominate an Indigenous artist living or working in Treaty 7 territory to be showcased in our Artist of the Month program.
In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge Moh’kinsstis, and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations – Indigenous and non – who live, work and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.
This sacred gathering place provides us with an opportunity to engage in and demonstrate leadership on reconciliation. Thank you for your enthusiasm and commitment to join our team on the lands of Treaty 7 territory.