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Hay River-based West Point First Nation marks Treaty 11 centennial – NNSL Media
The West Point First Nation was one of several Dene governments across the North that has marked the 100th anniversary of Treaty 11.
West Point FN is headquartered in Hay River. Chief Kenneth Cayen, who was elected Grand Chief of the Dehcho First Nations June 24, said that remembering the treaty signed between the Crown and Indigenous people of the NWT in 1921 is important because it recognizes the ties to the land by the northern Indigenous signatories.
The final numbered treaty in Canada was important for the North because it represented an agreement between the Crown and representatives of the Dehcho, Tłı̨chǫ, Sahtu and Gwich’in peoples who expressed their inherent right and title to their traditional lands. The agreement covers 950,000 square kilometres of present-day Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
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