Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the area now known as Millet and District was occupied by the Cree People, who, among other things, moved through the area following bison. In August and September 1876, Treaty 6, an agreement between the Canadian Crown and representatives of the Cree, Assiniboine, and Ojibwa, was signed.
The area now known as Millet is on Treaty 6 territory, and the homeland of the Métis Peoples. Treaty 6 boundaries extend across central portions of what are now known as Alberta and Saskatchewan.
The Millet Museum Board, Staff, Volunteers, and Members acknowledge that we are privileged to live and work on this land, which has been and continues to be a gathering place and space for the Maskwacis Nēhiyaw (Bear Hills Cree), Niitsítapi (Blackfoot), Nakoda (Stony), Dene (Athabascan), Métis, and many other distinct Indigenous Peoples. We respect the histories, languages, and cultures of the Indigenous Peoples of what is now known as Canada.
The stories told below reflecting early Millet history are shaped by the relationships Indigenous Folks had to the land; for example, in the location of the trails that would eventually go through Millet, or in the role of early fur traders. It is important to note that the stories told below are also shaped by a colonial lens that prioritizes settler history. We hope to disrupt this in our emphasis of it here, and welcome any and all contribution from Indigenous Folks wanting to share their stories on our platform. Please contact us via phone or email, and we will be happy to chat with you about how we can improve our presentation of Millet history.
The first trails between Calgary & Edmonton that crossed the Millet area were made by Indigenous Peoples and later European fur traders traveling to do business at Fort Edmonton. The trails were not much more than footpaths when John McDougall, a missionary at Fort Edmonton, decided to make some improvements. In the fall of 1873, McDougall felled trees, cut brush and made the trail useable for his convoy of wagons, horses and cattle, which he was moving from Edmonton south to his new mission at Morley, Alberta.
Becoming a Town
The Millet and District Historical Society