Historic Buffalo Treaty aims to restore culture and tradition

On August 13, 2015, the Stoney Nakoda and Samson Cree Nations joined 8 other Nations and Tribes from Canada and the US in signing the historic Northern Tribes Buffalo Treaty. The intention of the Buffalo Treaty is to return wild bison to traditional lands, with the goal of reconnecting with ancient culture and traditions as they relate to the buffalo. This is the first treaty signed amongst First Nations and Tribes in over 150 years.

In February 2015, Parks Canada announced the plan to return wild buffalo to the Banff National Park. As the herds of buffalo multiply, youth will be able to reconnect with the animals, giving context to their culture and teachings. While the buffalo is the centerpiece of the treaty, this also provides an opportunity to open dialogue between nations about many other issues, such as health, research, education, economics and religion, and to forge an alliance between these groups to come together again as a First Nations people.

The treaty is open for other nations and tribes, as more signatories are welcome to join.

To learn more about the Northern Tribes Buffalo Treaty, visit the links below:

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