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Bison treaty signed at Banff Indian days.

On Aug. 13 First Nations from both Canada and the United States met in Banff welcoming the Stoney Nakoda and Samson Cree to sign a treaty to reintroduce bison to areas where they once roamed. Last September, 11 tribe leaders from Montana and Alberta signed the agreement known as the Buffalo Treaty, the first treaty signed among the tribes since the 1800s. The aim of the treaty is to allow the buffalo to roam freely across the Rockies and Great Plains, restoring the animal's spiritual, economic and food role in First Nations life. Historically, the buffalo played a central role in hunting, ceremony and cultural life. Along with agreeing to work together for bison restoration and grassland conservation on tribal lands, the treaty encourages youth education and cultural restoration among the First Nations.

(From left) Leroy Little Bear of the Blood Tribe; Wesley Band Nakoda Chief Ernest Wesley; Wildlife Conservation Society Vice President, Species Conservation Elizabeth Bennett (signing as witness to treaty); Chief Kurt Buffalo from the Samson Cree First Nation and Narvil Kootenay from the Bearspaw band of the Stoney Nakoda Nation.

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Title Annotation:CALGARY
Author:Chrapko, Darlene
Publication:Alberta Sweetgrass
Date:Sep 1, 2015
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