Simons: In our home and native land, we are all Treaty people – Edmonton Journal

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Simons: In our home and native land, we are all Treaty people – Edmonton Journal

by ahnationtalk on July 2, 2015349 Views

July 2, 2015

EDMONTON – Come summer, I like to sneak onto the fifth floor deck of the Edmonton Journal building to eat my lunch.

I love to snatch 15 or 20 minutes away from the air-conditioned newsroom to enjoy the sun, overlooking the river bank.

From up here, our city looks beautiful with its contrast between the glassy highrises of the downtown and the green valley below. The Journal sits in one of the oldest parts of downtown Edmonton, where settlers starting building well before this part of the west even joined Confederation. From up here, on the fifth floor deck, I can look down on the Edmonton that existed even before we joined Canada and the great Canadian experiment.

This is Treaty Six land. This is the traditional territory of the Cree people. Long before my ancestors arrived here from Eastern Europe, our first people stood on this riverbank, looking down at this river. This was their place long before it was ever mine.

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