Treaty 6 and Métis flags raised permanently on campus
On October 18, MacEwan University raised the Treaty 6 and Métis flags for the first time in their new permanent home at the institution’s clock tower entrance.
“This is a historic and meaningful day for MacEwan University and our community,” said President Deborah Saucier. “Creating a permanent place for the Treaty 6 and Métis flags alongside the national, provincial and civic flags that mark the entrance of our institution is a very public display—one that I hope sends a clear and strong message of welcome to everyone, and that signifies our commitment to moving forward in a positive way.”
Roxanne Tootoosis, the university’s Indigenous knowledge keeper/facilitator, provides smudge to Constable Clayton Bird from the RCMP K Division.
Dylan Shawn McCarthy-Daniels, president of the MacEwan University Indigenous Students Club welcomes guests and acknowledges that the land on which the group was gathered is in Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional gathering place for many Indigenous people.
Rocky Morin from Enoch Cree Nation sings the Treaty 6 honour song as the flags are raised.
James Atkinson, vice-president, Métis Nation of Alberta, joins President Deborah Saucier and Elder Elsie Paul to raise the Métis flag.
Deborah Saucier and Treaty 6 Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild.
“Permanently raising the Treaty 6 and Métis flags is a symbolic act, but one that is firmly grounded in this university’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action,” said Deborah Saucier.
We acknowledge that the land on which we gather in Treaty Six Territory is the traditional gathering place for many Indigenous people. We honour and respect the history, languages, ceremonies and culture of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit who call this territory home.