So the question...why would everyone come out on a cloudy day and line up to shake hands with an Indian Affairs Representative, the chief and an RCMP officer just to receive $5.00?
I tried to do a little research on the reason behind this day. It is a yearly ritual that has been taking place for generations. Treaty Day is a symbolic recognition of the more than 130-year relationship between the Crown and Canada’s First Nations. Treaty Day expresses a commitment between the government and First Nations to reconnect.
When the original treaties were made, a yearly payment of $5 was part of a package that included things such as fishing tackle, hunting supplies and other material useful for traditional life. Five bucks went a lot further 130 years ago, and nowadays not everyone goes every year to collect their treaty money. The government gives back-payments for years that were missed.
I was thankful to be able to be there for this special day and it was another one of those moments that makes these two years interesting and memorable.