Seven southern Alberta chiefs will lead the Calgary Stampede Parade July 7th.
The Stampede has picked the Treaty 7 Nations as this year’s Parade Marshals.
Three chiefs from the Blackfoot Confederacy Nations, three from the Stoney Nakoda Nations, and the chief of the Tsuut’ina Nation will ride at the front of the parade.
Tsuut’ina Nation Chief Lee Crowchild says he’s honoured that the Stampede approached the Nations with the proposal.
The origins of the relationship between Treaty 7 Nations and the Stampede date back to 1912.
Stampede President David Sibbald says they would like to build on the strong relationship that has existed between the festival and First Nations.
(with files from the Canadian Press)