Sunday, July 13, 2014

Chief Crowfoot statue occupies a niche in Alberta Legislature

Crowfoot was a nineteenth century native leader who led his people through the desperately hard transitional phase brought about by the colonial and nation building era.

He was born to the Blood tribe near Belly River in southern Alberta, and grew up with the Blackfoot people, among whom he became an orator and a chief.

Chief Crowfoot cooperated with the Treaty 7 negotiations in 1877 and kept his people out of the Northwest Rebellion in 1885. Invited by Sir John A. Macdonald to Ottawa in 1886, he was prevented by ill health from travelling east.

This statue occupies a niche in the Alberta Legislature. In and around Calgary, a transit station, many businesses, a glacier and a neighbourhood bear his name.

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