Treaty 8 Centennial Curriculum Development
On June 21, 1899 Treaty No. 8 was signed at Willow Point near Lesser Slave Lake. The signing of Treaty No. 8 has been a significant event for Treaty 8 First Nations. June 21, 1999 marked the first hundred years of the signing of Treaty No. 8. To commemorate this signing the Chiefs of the Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta launched an educational curriculum development project.
The Treaty 8 Centennial Curriculum Development Project started with the development and completion of a Grade 1 Social Studies unit. A Grade 2 Social Studies unit is also now complete and the Committee is presently working on a Grade 3 Social Studies unit. The Grade 1 and 2 social studies are now in all Treaty 8 band operated schools and are also available, for sale, at the Treaty 8 Edmonton office.
The Treaty 8 Centennial Curriculum Development committee consists of:
Chief Billy Joe Laboucan – Lubicon Lake First Nation
Pauline Giroux – Driftpile Cree Nation
Gladys Cardinal – Bigstone Cree Nation
Janette Flett-Jones – Athabasca Tribal Council
Helen Metchooyeah – Dene Tha’
Kathleen Laboucan – Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council
Pauline Ominayak – Driftpile Cree Nation
Bill Sewepagaham – North Peace Tribal Council
Emily Sewepagaham – North Peace Tribal Council
Esther Giroux – Swan River First Nation
Isla Henriette – North Peace Tribal Council