Treaty 6 Medal
Many people associate the name Red Pheasant as a reserve, a community but he was a person and the medal was in his care. The medal was removed from the body of Chief Red Pheasant by the Indian Agent before his funeral in 1885 which the Indian Agent attended. It was later sold to H. Fry of Lancashire, England, and the Hudson’s Bay Company acquired it around 1952. It ended up among more 25,000 artifacts in the Manitoba Museum’s Hudson’s Bay Company Collection.
The Medal was acquired by the Manitoba Museum in 1994 as part of the donation of over 25,000 artifacts in the Hudson’s Bay Company Museum Collection. The origin of the Medal had been discovered by the museum in 2002 during an appraisal and cataloging process of the Hudson’s Bay Company Museum Collection.
In 2002, near the end of the appraising and cataloging process, the curator at the time noticed a note that came with the medal regarding its past theft. It was flagged it as a candidate for repatriation and Red Pheasant’s chief and council was alerted. A formal request for repatriation was made, followed by consultation, a visit and they were granted full ownership of the medal on June 20, 2019.
The Treaty Six medal presented to Chief Red Pheasant at Fort Carlton in 1876 was returned after 134 years away. The medals' return was celebrated in a ceremony on July 4 as part of Red Pheasant’s inaugural Treaty Day celebration.
The medal is available for viewing at the Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre.
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