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HAIL AND THANK YOU SPONSORS MEMORABILIA HERITAGE CONSULTING is the Main researcher and information source on Western Canadian Native/ Fur Trade History and maintains more information on file than any other source. We specialize in Western Canadian Native and Historical information, but maintain files on over 1000 tribes. Our Bulletin Board maintains the most comprehensive on-line files on the history of Indian Tribes. In addition, our files are expanding into broader areas of world history and tribal peoples. Well, the National Assembly and the Totem Pole Celebration has come and gone, considered by all who participated to have been a success.
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History was made. - This was the first National Assembly called in over 120 years in western Alberta. - This was the biggest group to ever have assembled in Jasper National Park. - This was the biggest tipi camp assembled in Alberta. It was attended by 25 Nations and national groups.
Under Traditional Law the following groups would be considered as one of the Nations of Jasper:
Alexis Nation * Asini Wachi (Mountain Cree) Band * Calihoo Band Foothills Ojibway * Grande Cache Nation * Haida Nation (Honorary Member) Horse Lake Nation * Jasper Commmunity * Kelly Lake Nation Kiska Wapta (Bighorn) Nation * Metis Nation of Alberta Metis Nation of British Columbia * Paul Nation * O'Chiese Nation Saulteaux Nation * Simpcw Nation * Smallboy Band * Sturgeon Lake Nation Sucker Creek Nation * Sunchild Nation * Treaty 6 * Treaty 8
Almost all the nations were represented at the camp or managed to send representatives to the event - This was the first time a National Security O KICHITA has been called into service Some 600 persons attended the camp, taking over the Snaring River Overflow camping area for the main camp, the Snaring River Campsite, the Pallisades Centre, and numerous hotel rooms. Altogether, we spent about $1,000,000 in Jasper over the week. Some 300 attended the feast in our camp on July 15, and some 1,800 attended the feast and Round Dance in Jasper on July 16th. Menue: Banock, Raisin Banock, Moose Rib soup, Moose Nose soup, Rabbit stew, etc. Several hundred visitors visited our camp, with 200 visiting our Information center. Some 50 members of Haida Nation came to take part in the ceremonies, and to be inducted into the Nations of Jasper as an Honorary Nation of Jasper, bringing with the a Totem Pole that was raised in a public ceremony on July 16, and now stands in downtown Jasper. On the evening of July 15 our Haida friends came to join us at our camp and to our Round Dance held in their honor at our camp - a few braving the elements to spend a night in a tipi at the camp. One of the more disquieting things about the camp was the daily overflights and buzzing of the camp by Canadian Forces helicopters. Up to eight flights a day with up to 6 helicopers (machine-gun armed) in a flight beginning on day 1 of the camp setup, and ending on our last day there. What's up Department of Defense? Think that the 600 men, women, children & elders were going to declare war on Canada and go on a rampage? Just don't know how (if?) these guys think. Co-incidence? Not one of us believes that. Proud of that 408 Sqn.? D.O.D. makes a big issue of how it is culturally sensitive to aboriginal participation in the Canadian forces, and with it's "Bold Eagle", "Raven" and Hobbema aboriginal cadet groups. Then it pulls an idiot stunt like this which shows that they have absolutely no idea and understanding of aboriginal culture, and no interest in learning. Tell me, do you buzz Christian or Muslim Church camps and assemblies? Bet that would go over big!! Nontheless, a great time was had by all. The question from everyone there was "What are we doing next year? Don't know yet, let us think about it. Some of the Elders though that they would never see a National Camp called in their lifetime. Historically this type of an assembly was only called about once a generation. Our Thank You goes out to Parks Canada for having made the event possible. Special Thanks go out to the volunteers and organizers: Greg Fenton - Superintendant, Jasper National Park Sherrell Mereopolis - Liaison Officer, Jasper National Park Lori Dowling - Jasper Events, Jasper National Park Howard Mustus - Cultural Committee member, Ceremonies/Events Terri Caliou - Cultural Committee member, Feast Master of Ceremonies Joe Fromhold - Cultural Committee member, Camp Organizer and Security Ken Groat - Cultural Committee member, Round Dance organizer Jimmy O'Chiese - Cultural Committee member, Round Dance organizer All our Security volunteers - you know who you are. The ladies who prepared the camp feast - you know who you area. A personal thanks to all those who gifted the organizers as a gesture of their appreciation. Also a Thank You to the Sponsors who helped to support the event:


Administrative and organizational support Logistic support
Web Page development; Strategic Planning; Operational Support Cultural and Interpretive Displays
New Cree and History Publications
Security Support
Camp Operational Support Web Page Sponsorship

First Nations Publishing

Palisades Centre

Accomodation hosting palisades.centre@pc.gc.ca

Friends of Jasper

Portage College

(Lac La Biche, Alberta) Native Arts and Crafts Programing Adult Education Transportation for Elders on a tour to the icefields And this is the gift given by the Great Spirit on the way home. For the significance and the story of the rainbow, see the publication ALBERTA HISTORY: THE MEDICINE HILLS - SACRED GROUND

These Businesses DID NOT Support this Aboriginal Initiatives

Alberta Progressive Conservative Party ATCO Electric ATCO Industries Conservative Party of Canada Hinton Chamber of Commerce Jasper Chamber of Commerce Keystone Pipeline Molson's Brewing Sawridge Hotel Jasper Syncrude Canada Trans Canada Pipeline
Warfare and O Kichita on the Northern Plains


Assembly Memorabilia
For those who missed out in getting some memorabilia, a few items are left: T-SHIRTS These were a limited printing, and are now collector's items - only 40 were printed. Ten were given out as gifts to the organizers and helpers. One is now in the HAIDA GWAI museum. One special shirt is emblazoned with the O KICHITA syllabics. The remainder were on sale to the general public; a few remain. A very limited amount remain. You can obtain one for $50.00 (includes shiping and tax).
Click here to order. ASSEMBLY PASS CARDS NATIONS OF JASPER 2011 TRIBAL ASSEMBLY cards were issued and could be purchased to identify members of the assembly, and served as I.D. cards and Parks Gates Pass. A limited number remain and are available at $1.50 (including S&H). O KICHITA (Security Society) IDENTIFICATION CARDS These are identical with the NATIONS OF JASPER 2011 TRIBAL ASSEMBLY cards, with the addition of the term O KICHITA in syllabics. These were issued as I.D. badges to the Security Staff drawn from the different nations. Ten of these are available as collectables at $5.00 each (including (S&H).
Click here to order. POST CARDS Special Post Cards were prepared by some of the First Nations as collectables. These are available at $10.00 a set. Sucker Creek First Nation Alexis First Nation Upper Athabasca Valley Elders Council Mountain Cree
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ALBERTA HISTORY: JASPER NATIONAL PARK - 10,000 Years of Indian History; Part 1 - to 1800

The history of the Jasper Park area of Alberta is largely unknown in Alberta. Here we look at the history of West Central Alberta including the western part of the province between the North Saskatchewan River and the Smoky/Peace River. This is a look at the Indian history of Alberta from the ice age on up to the begining of historic times. The volume covers the deglaciation history and archaeological history of Western and Central Alberta. Both historically and prehistorically the region was a transition region lying between the Plains, Northern Woodlands and Plateau, making it different from that of the mainstream prehistory of Alberta. The volume also covers extensive prehistoric population/ density reconstructions and presents considerable detail on the Pelican Lake culture. We also include some of the early legendary history of the area largely previously unknown except to the native peoples of the area. 8.5x11 format with photos; 465 pages. $35.00 Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu. Available from Volume 2, 1750-1900, is currently in production and will be available this fall. Other publications in Western Canadian Indian/Fur Trade History available Continue to other Tribal listings Continue to Heritage Consulting homepage Continue to Canadian History directory Continue to U.S. History directory Continue to History Bibliography Continue to Eurasian Peoples directory Continue to Native Studies directory Continue to Western Cree History publications

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