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"The Allenford Pow-Wow" 1855

'The Allenford Pow-Wow' 1855

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

'The Allenford Pow-Wow' 1855

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted January, 2011

Plaque Location

The County of Bruce
The Town of South Bruce Peninsula
In Allenford, in a picnic area on the south side of
Highway 21 just west of Allenford Road

Coordinates: N 44 32.156 W 81 10.771


Plaque Text

In July, 1855, at nearby "Floodwood Crossing" (now Allenford), representatives of the Ojibwa Indians conferred with government officials at a meeting later called the "Allenford Pow-Wow". The conference resolved a boundary dispute which had arisen over the terms of the Saugeen treaty of 1854. The Ojibwa interpretation of this treaty held "Copway's Road", an Indian pathway from Saugeen village to Lake Huron, to be the boundary of the land ceded by them on the north side of the Saugeen River. Lord Bury, Superintendent General of Indian Affairs and the government's principal representative, accepted this interpretation which granted the Indians increased frontage on Lake Huron and removed a major source of friction.

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Here are the visitors' comments for this page.

> Posted July 15, 2009
A true story! It was only this year that the Roads Department made the change. But you were very observant. I have lived here all my life and never noticed that sign!

> Posted October 5, 2008
I find it quite interesting that along highway 21 as you are approaching this plaque from both the North and the South, it says Allenford Pow Pow, not Pow Wow as the plaque states. As we drove past this summer my wife asked me what a Pow Pow was, I told her that it was Pow Wow, she disagreed. Not wanting to let this opportunity to be right pass by, I turned the car around and found that she was right for the second time ever!!! Great site!!

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