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Making Treaty 7 – across Canada, reconciliation in action;
Local Treaty 7 play goes on national tour to Winnipeg and Ottawa for Canada 150
Calgary, AB – A local theatre production that explores the historical significance of the 1877 signing of Treaty 7 – the founding event of modern southern Alberta – is going on national tour.
The Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society is pleased to announce that its theatrical performance, Making Treaty 7, has been chosen for the National Arts Centre’s Canada Scene Festival to coincide with Canada 150 commemorations. Co-directed by Michelle Thrush and Blake Brooker, it will perform in Ottawa at the National Arts Centre on June 20th. Prior to that, the show visits Winnipeg for a performance on June 15th at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.
“We couldn’t be more pleased by the national interest in this production,” says Lee Crowchild, the board chair and Chief of Tsuut’ina Nation. “This conversation is 140 years overdue. The production reflects the story of all Prairie Treaties entered into in the late 20th Century and will resonate with a Winnipeg audience,” said Crowchild.
The production has been recognized by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, as an example of reconciliation, adds Michelle Thrush, Co-Director of the production. “Through the powerful medicine of the arts, we hope to share the stories that heal and empower. Stories that have been held deep in the land and are now being woken up…stories that bring people together to build stronger community relationships and create much needed conversations. Making Treaty 7 tells heart stories.We hope the show inspires other projects across the country, and a similar production in Manitoba about the events leading up to the signing of their first treaty, the Selkirk Treaty.”
Tickets for both the Winnipeg and Ottawa performances are now on sale and may be purchased online at our website: http://www.makingtreaty7.com/
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