On behalf of Chief and Council, it is my pleasure to welcome you all to the 45th Annual Treaty and York Boat Days celebration in our beautiful community of Norway House! We thank you and your families for joining us in our annual community celebration and in commemorating the heritage, traditions and rich history of our Cree Nation.
It is an exciting time for Norway House. We have amazing events planned for you and we are thrilled to share this time with you. You know we are facing a time of remarkable change, great challenges, and exciting opportunities. We are proud that our 45th Treaty & York Boat Days will enhance and provide cultural, recreational, social, and educational activities to the all participants through the delivery of physical, mental, spiritual and social events in our annual celebration. A major highlight of our celebration is the World Championship York Boat Races in memory of Henry and Mary Ann Muminawatum and the Joe Keeper Memorial Marathon along with the Gospel Jamboree (July 27-29), Jordan's Principle Parade, square dance competition, men's fastball tournament, youth and adult country talent shows and much more!
We would like to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of our Treaty and York Boat Days Committee members, coordinators and volunteers without whom this event would not be possible. They spent many hours meeting, planning and organizing all of the events to ensure that we have an enjoyable and successful celebration. We would also like to send a huge thank you to our generous sponsors who contributed to our 45th Annual Treaty and York Boat Days.
We hope you have a fun, safe, and enjoyable visit. Thank you for joining us for our annual celebration. Ekosani.
Chief Larson Anderson
We are blessed with another year to continue to celebrate our 143rd annual Treaty (1875) and 45th annual York Boat Days. We are excited in anticipation to share our festivities with family and friends. It is always nice to see a gathering of our people, laughing and participating in the events, which is our main focus. Since the development and improvements of the Chief Ken Albert Memorial Park the community has become more active and conscience of their well-being. It takes you the parents and grandparents to set that example in being active and supportive to your children and/or grand children in their endeavors especially Treaty and York Boat Days (TYBD) events.
Stop by the Northern Fort Archway and Jailhouse and take in the history of our ancestors. Walking in to the archway you can sense the important role Norway House Fort participated during the Fur Trade Era. Norway House was once the hub of the transportation system for the west, south, east and the north.
I would like to thank Chief and Council for their support; staff, volunteers and the community members for their countless hours in preparing for this event.
Our corporate sponsors have come up huge this year, namely our major sponsor The Northwest Company, as they donated a boat, motor, trailer, ATV and gifts to the Elders of Norway House. We appreciate each and every contributor for their support at TYBD.
We wish all of you the best of luck in your events and we hope you come out of the competition with a sense of satisfaction and good sportsmanship.
If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the event coordinator(s) listed on our program or myself directly.