Red Deer is in an area called Waskasoo; a meeting spot for multiple cultures for thousands of years, as it is the only place within fifty km in either direction, where you can easily cross the Red Deer River. Red Deer and Central Alberta is a significant historical landscape for the Nehiyawak (neh-EE-oh-wuk) (Cree), Siksikaitsitapi (SEEG-see-ga-ee, see-DA-bee)(Blackfoot Confederacy), Dene, Tsuut'ina (too-TEE-na), Nakota Sioux (Stoney), and Saulteaux (SAL-toe) (Plains Ojibwe), and the Métis people.
The City of Red Deer acknowledges the Indigenous traditional territories represented by Treaty 6 and 7, and Metis Region 3 as the land The City is situated on. The goal of The City of Red Deer is to work together with Indigenous peoples, appreciating this land where multiple cultures continue to gather in building a welcoming and inclusive community. We are all treaty people.