"Mediating the Treaties uses a two-headed coin to capture the ambivalence of Treaty No. 1. It addresses the verbal and written negotiations, and differing and competing understandings of Treaty No. 1 provisions between Queen Victoria's (1819-1901) representatives and the seven Chiefs of Manitoba including Chiefs Miskookenew (Red Eagle or Henry Prince, 1819-1899) and Kakekapenais (Forever Bird or William Pennefather or Mann, 1816-1897/1898)."
Mediating the Treaties was created as part of THIS PLACE on Treaty 1 Territory & the homeland of the Métis Nation. This is a major public art project that builds on efforts to create awareness of the rich Indigenous cultures, peoples and heritage that are at the roots of our territory, city and province. Indigenous artists were asked to respond to the idea of this place on Treaty No. 1 territory and the homeland of the Métis nation, and their reflections range in concept and expression. As a place of community and gathering in downtown Winnipeg, the artworks located in this park make a significant mark in the city.
This project was made possible with the participation of the Government of Canada.