The 100th Year Celebration of the Signing of Treaty 11

July 28th, 2021, will mark the 100th year anniversary since the signing of Treaty 11. The signing of Treaty 11 is a monumental moment for the community of Tetlit Zheh. The Teetl’it Gwich’in Band Council is planning a 100th Year Celebration to commemorate this important part of our history during the summer of 2021.

In order to make this celebration a success, we need more volunteers to help us with planning and fundraising. The staff along with the Chief, have been putting together ideas and asking for more input from the public. Our Band Administrator Trina is applying for funds to help us carry out activities, but fundraising will need to be carried out to help us with all the extra activities that are not covered by the funding. We would like to renovate the cabin of the late Chief Julius Salu and have a monument erected within the community, along with holding events over the summer months. The more people that help, the more successful the events can be. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our office at (867)952-2006.

The Treaty Between the Teetl’it Gwich’in and the Crown

In 1921 Teetl’it Gwich’in signed the Treaty that we live as a part of today. On July 28th, 1921, Fort McPherson where Treaty 11 was signed to the Teetl’it Gwich’in people. On behalf of the Teetl’it Gwich’in Chief Julius Salu and Johnny Kyikavichik (Kay) signed the Treaty, with H.A. Conroy, the royal commissioner present in 1921, he set up tables and chairs in a large tent that was set up on the sandbar at Fort McPherson with a flag set in front of the tent. The treaty was signed for hunting, funding for education, assistance for agricultural activities, trapping and fishing equipment, and some annuities.