Official Treaty boundary signage for Saskatchewan is currently being coordinated by the Government of Saskatchewan and Office of the Treaty Commissioner.
The first signs marking the boundary between Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 Territory will be located along Highway 11 between Regina and Saskatoon in the Bladworth and Davidson area.
The Treaty Commissioner and provincial officials championed the design of the signs highlighting the Treaty medals provided to the Indigenous leadership following the close of the Treaty negotiations, using the wording of the original Treaties to indicate they will remain valid “as long as the sun shines, grass grows and rivers flow.” The design also features a welcome in the respective Indigenous languages of each Treaty area.
“A sign seems like such a small thing, but it represents something significant. Think about the number of Treaties that cross through where the province of Saskatchewan now lies. Our highways cross these territories and that has to be recognized and acknowledged,” said Treaty Commissioner Mary Culbertson.
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways is coordinating the production and installation of the signs, with a public unveiling and ceremony planned for later this year.