Calgary, Alberta –– Making Treaty 7 is a groundbreaking theatrical presentation that breathes life into the history and legacy of the founding event of modern southern Alberta. The performance debuts September 11, 13 and 14, 2014 at Calgary’s Heritage Park Historical Village.
Making Treaty 7 explores the historical significance of the events at Blackfoot Crossing in 1877, while investigating the consequences and implications of Treaty 7, 137 years later. Making Treaty 7 is relevant topeople of all backgrounds and ages, and invites each of us to better understand one another.
“We really are all treaty people,” says Executive and Creative Producer Michael Green, “All cultures are expressed through their connection to ‘place’. Making Treaty 7 is the story of the land we live on, that we cultivate, harvest and build our cities on. It is also the story of who each of us are, where we came from, and why we are here today. Looking forward, it is the story of how we hope to live here together in the future.
The presentation features a diverse and talented ensemble of over 20 First Nations and non-Aboriginal performers, musicians, dancers and poets, including Gemini-award winning actress Michelle Thrush (Blackstone) and Calgary musician and former poet laureate Kris Demeanor.
Making Treaty 7 is presented in partnership with Heritage Park Historical Village, as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations, and is produced by The Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society, One Yellow Rabbit, The Banff Centre, and Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts.
“The First Nations story is integral to the development of this country,” says Alida Visbach, President and CEO of Heritage Park Historical Village. “As a living history museum, Heritage Park works tirelessly to present an accurate representation of the culture and traditions of the Plains First Nations through interpretive programming and cultural partnerships such as this.”
Making Treaty 7 has been made possible with support from Suncor Energy Foundation, Calgary Hotel Association: Destination Marketing Fund, the Government of Alberta, Canadian Heritage, City of Calgary – Council Strategic Initiative Fund, Canada Council for the Arts, The Calgary Foundation, Hotel Blackfoot, Christopher Davis Law and the Treaty 7 Management Corporation.
Making Treaty 7 runs September 11, 13 and 14 at 7:00pm at Heritage Park. Tickets are $40, plus GST and are available online now at www.heritagepark.ca/makingtreaty7 or by calling (403) 268-8500. For more info about the presentation, please visit www.makingtreaty7.com and www.facebook.com/MakingTreaty7.