Blackfoot language signage unveiled near Banff, Alta.

On Friday, June 17, Siksika Nation and Parks Canada came together near Banff, Alta., to unveil new signage in the Blackfoot language near Castle Mountain.

Siksika Nation and Parks Canada came together recently to unveil new signage in the Blackfoot language near Castle Mountain near Banff, Alta.

According to a report from StrathmoreNow, the ceremony included a blessing and remarks from Siksika Nation and officials from Parks Canada.

Castle Mountain is located near Highway 1 and was a trade route part of Blackfoot territory. This was an important area for the Blackfoot Nation because of its location, which includes two routes into the Rocky Mountains. According to a statement released by Siksika Nation, Castle Mountain is part of the Blackfoot (Siksika) territory.

“The Blackfoot have been in this area since time immemorial. This statement is not simply a claim made by the Siksika, but one that is supported by evidence and proven as part of the Castle Mountain Claim,” said Chief Ouray Crowfoot, Siksika Nation. “As part of the settlement agreement, Parks Canada agreed to provide interpretive signage telling the story of Miistukskoowa (Castle Mountain). The claim was settled in August of 2016, so these interpretive signs are long overdue. It’s time the people of Alberta learn the true history of our Province. A history that cannot be written without the Blackfoot. We played a critical role in the forming of this region and we will continue to have a vital impact of the future of Alberta and Canada.”

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