Session ID: PI-1aE
Understanding the Treaty Relationship that made possible the peaceful settlement of Canada is fundamental to making any meaningful progress on the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Treaties that recognized that First Peoples of Turtle Island (North America) are nations with inviolable land rights preceded the 1867 Act of Confederation by over a century, and the sanctity of those agreements are affirmed in Section 35 of Canada's 1982 Constitution Act.
Honouring these sacred and legally-binding commitments is key to Indigenous peoples achieving the same quality of health care, the same standards of education, and the same economic opportunities as the millions of immigrants whose ancestors agreed to share the wealth of the lands with the peoples who had occupied them since time immemorial.
By hearing the stories encoded by treaty partners in Wampum Belts, participants in this workshop will gain an understanding of how Canada was built on the promise of a partnership between equals, and how the country's moral, political, and fiscal potential can only be accomplished by respecting the original relationship.