November 6-12, 2016 has been proclaimed as Treaties Recognition Week by the Ontario government to recognize the importance of treaties and the treaty relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the province. November has also been proclaimed Aboriginal Education Month in Ontario.
Treaties are agreements between two nations: the Indigenous peoples of North America and our government, the Crown. Treaties also impact modern conditions for all of us when it comes to issues like land use, climate change and the environment. Tara Williamson of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation pointed out that “we are all treaty people:” You can read that article here.
As Canadians, understanding treaties is part of our collective journey in learning about our nation’s history and our obligations to the treaty agreements that were made in written and oral forms. Treaties Recognition Week is an ideal opportunity for educators to learn about and plan learning activities about treaties.
You can access a host of treaty classroom resources, videos, history and facts and modern day treaties compiled by ETFO in this document: PDF . ETFO's spirithorse.ca website also provides a number of other First Nations, Métis and Inuit resources for ETFO members.