“Who owns the land of the Reserve?”
“We are lifelong tenants on crown land. Not sure of the exact terminology, its tenants though, that’s the way I see it.”
Housing and Property Manager of Enoch Cree Nation
The collection consists of 140 reserves in Alberta, Canada, each cut out of Albertan deer hide. Within the final space they were presented according to their true GPS location.
Chief of Enoch Cree Nation, Ron Morin expresses, “in their haste to connect it (the railway) and try and get the Natives to be at peace with them, they came up with the scheme or plan, to make reserves, settle with the Natives and to sign Treaty.” Treaty 6 was signed in 1876 at Fort Pitt, and was an agreement between various First Nations and “Her Majesty,” the head of state for the Canadian government.
Although contradicting the very essence of the First Nations way of life, many of these First Nation leaders felt pressure to secure land and provisions for their people as the depletion of the buffalo and encroachment of more settlers became alarming.
"LIFELONG TENANTS ON CROWN LAND."
First Nations Reserves in the province of Alberta, Canada