“The Buffalo Treaty is proof of the freedom of choice and sovereignty of indigenous nations. This international treaty brings together different nations and tribes throughout North America, recognizing the sacred relationship we have all always had with the buffalo. The buffalo is our parent and our source of life. Nations recognize that we will be strengthened if we work together to re-establish and renew this relationship with our parent. Each year, the treaty has welcomed new signatories and supporters. I am convinced that this momentum will continue to accelerate and that we will once again see the buffalo roam freely in our countries of origin. Marlene Poitras, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Alberta The agreement was based on proposals to return bison to free movement in areas such as Banff National Park, and aims to re-establish links that have existed throughout the signatories` territories. Fort Peck Reserve, with its new state-of-the-art bison plant, will soon serve as a buffalo restoration centre for Yellowstone bison for definitive testing for non-Aboriginal brucellosis, which can then be transferred to other tribal buffalo programs in the area. Since Yellowstone-Bisons is finally available for restoration, the contract will be even more important for the return of buffaloes from his tribe.
“Buffaloes are a sacred being for our ceremonies and culture, and they should not be used to energize political gain,” says the letter to six of the Treaty. “The audacity to choose the very four-legged being that your ancestors tried to destroy to destroy our existence is an insult to our people.” On Thursday, First Nations on both sides of Canada-U.S. The border met in Banff to welcome the Stoney Nakoda and the Samson Cree, signatories to a treaty that dates back to a time when such agreements were more frequent. “The herd has grown. The job now is to create more space and provide more of our land so that it can exist, and to bring a population to a sustainable level where we can start harvesting again. We can start by using them in ceremonies, have an educational program to work with our youth, bring our elders together with our youth and revitalize our language to learn how to use all parts of bison. It is part of cultural revitalization. We are just happy to be part of these efforts and to be with these other tribes that are working on bison conservation. ” – Jason Baldes, Eastern Shoshone Tribe, Wind River Inside the large White Longhouse, the tribes signed the contract and smoked the peace whistle by praying to the four directions. Ervin Carlson, president of the InterTribal Buffalo Council, said, “Bringing buffalo herds back to North America is a vital task for our people, despite the difficulties we have on our reserves or ahead, the buffalo unites us and gives us hope for a prosperous future.” “I grew up without a herd.