The 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society and staff acknowledge and respect the traditional territories and treaties of the First Nation and Metis peoples. The 2017 Canada Summer Games will take place upon these traditional lands. We recognize First Nation and Metis peoples have a longer history that reaches well beyond confederation and colonization. We recognize the significance for all indigenous peoples who lived and continue to live upon this territory, and whose spirit and practices are tied to the land and waters upon which the 2017 Canada Summer Games will be held. The 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society is honoured to have the First Nation communities of Treaty No.1 and Treaty No.3 and the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) as the official Co-Hosts of the Games. To learn more about the official Co-Hosts of the 2017 Canada Summer Games please follow the links provided.
The Treaty No.1 spokesperson is Chief Dennis Meeches, Long Plain First Nation. Chief Meeches is representing the seven signatory communities to Treaty No. 1, signed on August 3, 1871, the first of the numbered treaties. Communities represented include Brokenhead Ojibway First Nation, Sagkeeng First Nation, Long Plain First Nation, Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation, Sandy Bay First Nation, Swan Lake First Nation and Peguis First Nation. http://scoinc.mb.ca
Treaty No.3 communities are represented by Ogichidaa Francis Kavanagh, Grand Council Treaty No. 3, and a traditional government representing the Anishinaabe peoples in their traditional territories. Treaty No. 3 covers an area of 55,000 square miles that spans from west of Thunder Bay, Ontario to north of Sioux Lookout along the international border to the province of Manitoba. The Grand Council of Treaty No. 3 represents 28 First Nation communities with a population of 25,000+. http://www.gct3.ca/
The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is the official democratic and self-governing political representative for the Metis Nation’s Manitoba Metis community. The MMF promotes the political, social, cultural, and economic interests and rights of the Metis in Manitoba. There are currently more than 78,000 Metis persons living in Manitoba that are represented by seven local organizations throughout the province. http://www.mmf.mb.ca/