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Manitoba Museum hosts exhibit on First Nations treaties

Winnipeg Free Press

A new exhibit focusing on First Nations treaties in Manitoba will be unveiled Friday at the Manitoba Museum.

We Are All Treaty People will provide museum visitors the first opportunity to see almost every Manitoba treaty medal — including the medal given to Chief Peguis by Lord Selkirk in 1812 — as well as the original 1875 parchment for Treaty No. 4.

The treaties allowed Canada access to First Nations homelands in exchange for the well-being of First Nations peoples and communities.

Also on display will be sacred pipes and pipe bags, which the museum says symbolize the First Nations’ perpetual commitment to the treaties.

"It is unusual for a museum to display sacred artifacts like these pipes and pipe bags, but without them, we would have failed to represent First Nations agency and understandings," Maureen Matthews, the museum’s curator of native ethnology, said in a release.

The release also said the museum has worked with the Treaty Relations Commission and consulted with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs elders council to prepare the exhibit.

The exhibition runs until Oct. 26.

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