Map of the territory covered by Treaty 8
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The region included within Treaty 8 was commonly referred to as Athabasca. It was named after the region's major waterways -- the Athabasca River and Lake Athabasca -- and included most of the Provisional District of Athabaska of the old North-West Territories. In today's terms the treaty lands encompass much of what is now the northern half of Alberta, the northeastern quarter of British Columbia, the northwestern corner of Saskatchewan, and the area south of Hay River and Great Slave Lake in the present-day Northwest Territories.