Today members of Parks Canada and Siksika Nation came together to unveil signage in Blackfoot language at Castle Mountain. The day featured a blessing and remarks from representatives from both Siksika and Parks Canada as well as the official unveiling of the new signs.

“The Blackfoot have been in this area since time immemorial. This statement is not simply a claim made by the Siksika, but one that is supported by evidence and proven as part of the Castle Mountain Claim. As part of the settlement agreement, Parks Canada agreed to provide interpretive signage telling the story of Miistukskoowa (Castle Mountain). The claim was settled in August of 2016, so these interpretive signs are long overdue. It’s time the people of Alberta learn the true history of our Province. A history that cannot be written without the Blackfoot. We played a critical role in the forming of this region and we will continue to have a vital impact of the future of Alberta and Canada,” stated Chief Ouray Crowfoot, Siksika Nation.

“The Blackfoot used this area as a favorite wintering camp because of the hot springs which was also a good area for harvesting lodgepole pines for their lodges. The area was used long before the treaty was signed.” Explained elder Scotty Many Guns. A settlement between the Government of Canada and Siksika Nation was settled in 2016 that included a $123 million-dollar compensation for illegal use of land granted in the late 1880s. The dispute focuses around the Siksika claim to Castle Mountain in Banff National Park dating back to the 1880s, who argued it was wrongfully taken from them in 1908 without their consent and proper compensation.

The lands at Castle Mountain, were added to the Rocky Mountain Park, now known as Banff National Park, in 1911.

“The unveiling of these signs will affirm Siksika Nation’s presence in Blackfoot territory since time immemorial. Informing visitors on the true history of the area that speak to Siksika Nation’s activities in Banff National Park,” added Richard Sparvier, Tribal Manager.