The Anishinaabek of Anishinaabe Agowidiiwinan entered Treaty No.2 in August 21, 1871 at Manitobah House, with Representatives of the Queen of England and Ireland. The original Anishinaabe (Chippewa and Cree), who were present constitute Treaty No.2 with Anishinaabe Agowidiiwinan. It is known that many of the Chiefs and leaders within the territory were at the early gathering and after the treaty was agreed to. Those who were not present were represented through Mekis until they indicated where they wished their farming reserves to be established. The Treaty reaffirmed the Inherent rights our Anishinaabek had prior to European contact.


The purpose of this treaty was “….to open up to settlement and immigration a tract of country bounded and described hereinafter mentioned, and to obtain the consent thereto of her Indian subjects inhabiting the said tract, and to make treaty and arrangements with them, so that there be peace and good will…”