Although Treaty 7 was signed over a century ago, there remain many complex issues around the signing and implementation of that significant document. While the Treaty terms have remained the same, the opinions and interpretations regarding the intent and relevance of the Treaty in modern times have altered, and differed, significantly.
In this section, we will explore not only the impact the Treaty has had on the descendants of those who adhered to it over a century ago, but also some of the unresolved issues that continue to surround the implementation of the Treaty itself. These issues will be complimented by a look at contemporary life in the Treaty 7 region. The intent of this section is to foster and sustain a dialogue that has already begun, and is moving towards creating a much more complete picture of this very sensitive part of our history, both as a province and as a nation.
People of the Blood
The Kainai (Blood) reserve, the largest reserve in Canada in land area, is the subject of George Webber’s book, People of the Blood, published in 2006. Webber’s photographs capture the physical and spiritual connections between the land and the people while revealing the stark realities of First Nations reserve life. This photograph essay features a sample of photographs and text passages from the book, as well as information about the publication.
The Heritage Community Foundation, with the kind permission of documentary photographer and author George Webber and Fifth House Publishing in Calgary, is pleased to present this special feature photograph essay.
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