We are All Treaty People

Treaties are the building blocks of what has become Canada. Treaties set out the nation to nation relationship that exists today and underpins relations with First Nations who signed Treaties with the settlers.  That is why we say that We are All treaty People – all of our ancestors were signatories of the Treaties.

The treaties set out how we would live together and in the terms of those agreements. These Treaty Agreements are recognized in our constitution and in international law. They exist for as long as the grass grows, the sun shines and the rivers flow.

When you look at the Treaty Map, you may begin to gain an understanding of why we have land acknowledgements and why we consider it necessary to respectfully acknowledge Indigenous Nations.

Treaty Awareness Week gives us as Canadians, the opportunity to learn about the Treaties and laws respecting them so that we can better understand our shared history.

Resources:

University of Waterloo - Events and Videos

Ontario Government - Treaties Information 

Chiefs on Ontario - Treaty Recognition Week 

Office of the Treaty Commissioner