(Calgary, AB) – Focusing on the history and legacy of the signing of Treaty 7 in 1877 between Queen Victoria and the First Nations of Southern Alberta, this groundbreaking, transformational, theatrical production “Making Treaty 7” returns to Calgary at the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino for three evenings of celebration, inspiration and learning from Wednesday, September 28 to Friday, September 30, 2016.
This cultural, multidisciplinary performance brings to life the promise of Treaty 7 – the time in Alberta’s history when land was assigned, assurances made and a better future promised to everyone. Using contemporary and traditional art and performance, the play takes its audience on a journey through history to better understand the true spirit and intent of the treaty, while investigating the consequences and the implications Alberta faces today.
“The performance combines history and celebration. It is an important educational and reconciliation piece that we believe is integral for our communities to see and understand how We Are All Treaty People.” says Michèle Stanners, Executive Director, Making Treaty 7.
Lead by newly appointed Artistic Director Troy Emery Twigg, the presentation showcases an array of award winning actors, writers, poets, composers, musicians, dancers and singers. Included are the artistic talents of Director Michelle Thrush; Musical Directors Kris Demeanor who also plays a role in the performance as well as leading his Crack Band and Anders Hunter and the Eye Hay Nakoda Drum Group; and a number of special guests.
“Stories depicted in the performance are inspired by Elders and by true events of Alberta’s Indigenous communities. We’re thrilled to have curated such a talented line-up of performers able to bring this powerful story to life through theatre,” says Troy Emery Twigg, Artistic Director, Making Treaty 7.
At the June 2015 Making Treaty 7 stakeholder gathering, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi addressed the importance of understanding that Albertans are all Treaty People, whether their ancestors have been here for thousands of years, or their family has just arrived.
“Through the powerful medicine of the arts we hope to share the stories that heal and empower,” says Director Michelle Thrush. “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.”
Educational and entertaining, Making Treaty 7 tells a fundamental story of Alberta’s past, brings hope for reconciliation among all Treaty people, and inspires new relationships across cultures and generations, long into the future.
To purchase tickets to the performance, or to learn more about Making Treaty 7 please visit: www.makingtreaty7.com