Gary Gott didn’t always understand the importance of the Treaty 4 flag. As a younger man, Gott, a member of Sapotaweyak Cree Nation, didn’t fully appreciate the flag. Now he sees its value.
“[The flag] represents all the people in my bloodline,” he said. “Their blood runs in my veins.”
Gott spoke with students at Sacred Heart High School on Jun. 11. He was one of several guests who attended the school for a unique flag raising ceremony.
The Canadian and Saskatchewan flags were raised in front of the school along with the Treaty 4 and Metis Nation flags. The four flags flying in the wind are meant to symbolize unity, inclusion, and support for Indigenous students.
Gott discussed the history and significance of Treaty 4 with the students.
“[This treaty system] affects us in all kinds of ways,” he said.
Gale Pelletier, representing the Metis Nation, also spoke at the event. He talked about Metis history and their contribution to Canada.
“We’ve got to live together and work together,” he said.