Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Treaty Day Celebrations

Today was Treaty Day at Long Plain First Nation.

Councillor Liz Merrick says the day started off with an opening prayer.

“Today is a special day. It used to be about just handing out money,” says Merrick, referring to the five dollars given out by Indigenous Services Canada and the twenty dollars from their land annuity, “but now we’re feeding our people, they come in for the food. We also have some activities for our kids and grandkids.”

Merrick notes it’s nice that people come out and stay for the day. She says it’s an enjoyable community event opposed to people just coming to collect their money and then leaving.


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A signatory to Treaty 1, 1871 (Adhesion Treaty of June 20, 1876) Long Plain First Nation is an Ojibway and Dakota community in the central plains region of Manitoba.


The Long Plain population is over 4,500 and is comprised of 3 reserves of which 2 are urban. The urban reserves are situated along the city limits of Portage la Prairie and in the City of Winnipeg.



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