We Are All Treaty People

This annual week honours the importance of understanding and respecting treaty rights and relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. It is a part of the healing and reconciliation journey with Indigenous communities, emphasizing the significance of Indigenous rights over land governed by treaties.

Treaties are nation-to-nation agreements between the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples, benefiting all within the treaty territory. This history is something we are all affected by as we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history differently. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future. 

Learn more about treaties, how there are current land claims (a reminder that treaties are ongoing and adaptable), and whose land you live and learn on. Plus, take a look at the treaties section on the Maamwi Hub., which includes the Maamwi Treaties of Ontario database. 

Be sure to check out events hosted by Durham College’s  First Peoples Indigenous Centre.