National Indigenous Peoples Day 2023: 150th Anniversary of the Signing of Treaty #3 in 1873

by Braden Murray

June 21 marks National Indigenous Peoples Day! It is a day for us to celebrate the unique heritage, and contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples here in Kenora, and across Canada.

It is a particularly special National Indigenous Peoples Day here in Treaty #3 Territory because this year we are also celebrating the 150th anniversary of the signing of Treaty #3 in 1873. For more information on the 150th Anniversary of Treaty #3 check out Grand Council Treaty #3′s excellent resource:


Photos are from the Lake of the Woods Museum’s CJ Dusang Photograph Collection and show scenes from around Kenora and Treaty #3 territory during the 1960s and 70s.

Did you know?

The Lake of the Woods gold rush in the 1890s brought miners and investors from across North America.  By 1893 there were 20 working gold mines on the Lake of the Woods.