"The signs are the first of their kind in Canada"
Saskatchewan is the first Canadian province to mark a treaty boundary along a major provincial highway.
Monday, Saskatchewan's Lieutenant Governor, the Government of Saskatchewan and the Treaty Commissioner of Saskatchewan unveiled the official road signs to mark the Treaty 4-Treaty 6 boundary near Highway 11 — one of the province's busiest transportation links.
Following an Indigenous ceremony and protocols, provincial crews placed the pair of signs along the four-lane highway near Bladworth.
Motorists travelling north will see the Treaty 6 sign. Motorists travelling south will see the Treaty 4 sign. This section of Highway 11 sees more than 5,000 vehicles daily.
Each new sign includes:
- An image of a Treaty medal. The medals were provided to Indigenous leadership following the close of the Treaty negotiations.
- Wording of the original Treaties to indicate they will remain valid "as long as the sun shines, grass grows and rivers flow."
- A welcome in the respective Indigenous languages of each Treaty area.