Government of Canada and Łiidlįį Kų́ę́ Dene First Nation Commemorate the National Historic Significance of Ehdaa National Historic Site
July 9, 2017 Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories Parks Canada Agency
National parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas represent the very best that Canada has to offer and tell stories of who we are, including the history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples. To mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the Government of Canada invites Canadians to experience nature and learn more about our history.
Parks Canada and the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada today commemorated the importance of Edhaa as a place of national historic significance. A special ceremony was held at Ehdaa National Historic Site with members of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada and the Deh Cho First Nations which includes the Łiidlįį Kų́ę́ Dene First Nation.
The Government of Canada is committed to connecting Canadians to the significant people, places, and events that contributed to our country’s diverse heritage. Ehdaa has long been a traditional gathering place for the Dene, where people came together to trade, renew old ties, resolve disputes, and participate in ceremonies of healing.
Parks Canada is committed to a system of national heritage places that celebrates the contributions of Indigenous peoples, their history and cultures, as well as the special relationship Indigenous peoples have with the land. 2017 marks both the 150th anniversary of Confederation and the centennial of national historic sites, however the history of this land and the contributions of its people present a rich tapestry and date back far beyond 150 years. The Government of Canada recognizes that Indigenous Peoples have inhabited these lands since time immemorial.
The Government of Canada is committed to nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, and government-to-government relationships with Indigenous peoples, based on a recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership. Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples is one of the main themes of Canada 150.
“The Government of Canada is pleased to commemorate the national historic significance of Ehdaa and its tremendous importance to the Deh Cho people as a place of gathering. It is on this spot that the local people come together to share their stories and renew their connection to the land. In 2017, Parks Canada invites Canadians to discover and be inspired by the stories of the people, places, and events that shaped the land of Canada, such as Ehdaa National Historic Site.”
The Honourable Catherine McKenna,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada
- Ehdaa is located at the southeastern end of Fort Simpson Island on an inviting, low-lying, open flat land near the confluence of the Mackenzie (Deh Cho) and Liard (Nácháh Dehé) Rivers.
- In the 1980s, Pope John Paul II spoke to assembled First Nations, Métis, and Inuit at Ehdaa. He recognized past injustices of the Catholic Church against Canada’s Indigenous Peoples and stated that the Church supported Indigenous self-determination.
- The Government is very pleased to offer free admission for all visitors to national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada in 2017 to celebrate Canada 150.
- Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada advises the Minister of Environment and Climate Change on the national historic importance of the sites, people, and events that marked Canada’s history.
Partnering, Engagement & Communications Officer
Southwest Northwest Territories Field Unit
Parks Canada Agency