Commemoration of the Peguis Selkirk Treaty

Honouring the Spirit of 1817: Commemorating the Selkirk Treaty
Sunday, July 16, 2017

1- Ecumenical Prayer Service, Peguis Selkirk Treaty 200
Sunday, July 16th, 2017
Saint Boniface Cathedral
La Basilique-Cathédrale, Saint-Boniface
190, avenue de la Cathédrale
Winnipeg, MB R2H 0H7
Canada (Map here)

Contact: Alice Lemoine Executive Assistant to  the Most Reverend Albert LeGatt Archbishop of Saint Boniface
T:  204-237-9858
F:  204-231-2652 

Hosted by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Boniface, together with the Anglican Diocese of Rupert’s Land, this is a Christian service of prayer, ecumenical in nature, but welcoming people of all faiths and of none. In 1817, after the signing of the Treaty, Lord Selkirk set aside land for a Roman Catholic church on the east side of the Red River – the current Cathedral – and a ‘Protestant’ church on the west side, on the north side of Point Douglas, the current Anglican Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist ( We give thanks for the vision of Chief Peguis, the other chiefs who signed, and Lord Selkirk, the fifth Earl of Douglas, called ‘The Silver Chief’ by Peguis and others, in signing the Treaty of 1817, which laid the foundations for a community of all races and creeds to live together in mutual respect and harmony. We also recognize that in the 200 years since, we have failed often to live up that hope, so our service also includes prayer for a new future for all Manitobans and Canadians, a just future for every single one of us, and an invitation for all to join together on the healing and reconciliation road.
Participants will include Chief Jim Bear of the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, the current Lord Selkirk, the eleventh Earl of Douglas, and many others, including the Archbishop of St. Boniface, the Most Rev. Albert LeGatt, who will offer a reflection.  While it is a Christian service, it includes traditional Indigenous elements; smudging available for all in the Ruins at 2:30 p.m., and a Jingle Dance with a water ceremony.  The service itself begins with a procession with pipes at 3 p.m. Following the service there will be (beef) soup and bannock served to all.  We hope to see you there, with us on the banks of the Red River.

2- Ecumenical Service, Peguis Selkirk Treaty 200
Monday, July 17th, 2017
Old St. Peter’s Stone Church, Anglican
River Lot 212, 8 Stone Church Road, St. Clements, MB
(Copy and paste above address in ‘Google Maps’)
Contact: The Rev. Dr. Jane Barter

Hosted by the Anglican incumbent, the Rev. Dr. Jane Barter, and Indigenous Anglicans, this will be a shorter service than Sunday’s, more simple in outline, but of particular interest and importance on this occasion as Chief Peguis is buried here, the church situated at the site of the original Peguis Reserve, until the Government of Canada removed the band in 1907, thirty six years after the signing of Treaty One in 1871.  Again present will be Chief Bear of Brokenhead and Lord Selkirk of Douglas. The Anglican Bishop of Rupert’s Land, the Right Rev. Donald Phillips will also be present. While the hosts are Anglican, all are invited and welcome to join on the banks of the Red at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 17th.

Click on page cover to read more and view the calendar of free public events
from July 16 to July 22, 2017.