Did you know that the traditional Cree name of Edmonton is amiskwacîwâskahikan? It translates to Beaver Hills House. Amiskwacîwâskahikan is a place that has been home to Indigenous peoples for millennia. It is a traditional meeting ground of the Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Blackfoot and Métis.
In 1876, amiskwacîwâskahikan became part of Treaty 6 territory. When the pipe was smoked and the treaty documents signed, all people within Treaty 6 territory became treaty peoples. Treaty 6 recognition day is every August 23rd. It was initiated by The City of Edmonton to commemorate the signing of Treaty 6 at Fort Carlton on August 23rd, 1876. This day reminds us that we are all treaty partners on this land.