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Treaty payments at The Forks

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The tent is up again at The Forks to pay $5 to treaty Indians, an annual payment made each year to recognize the treaties that opened up western Canada to European settlers.

There were 11 treaties signed between the Crown and First Nations from Winnipeg to the Rockies in Alberta between 1871 and 1921, starting with Treaty One at Lower Fort Garry.

The annual event commemorates the historic relationship. There are 130,000 treaty Indians in Manitoba.

Over the next three weeks, an estimated 8,000 treaty payments are expected to be handed out under the tent. Annual treaty events are held at First Nations throughout the summer.

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