By: Kathan Kapoor
The first week of November marks Treaties Recognition Week to recognize the importance of treaties and increase awareness of treaty relationships between Indigenous Nations and the Government. Learning about treaties and treaty relationships is a part of truth and reconciliation.
Treaties are negotiated agreements that define the rights, responsibilities and relationships between Indigenous groups and Federal and Provincial Governments.
Treaties Recognition Week also represents one of many steps on Ontario’s journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
This week is very important for Canadians, particularly students, to learn the importance of treaties and why we must uphold them. As the first inhabitants of this land, Indigenous peoples deserve respect and understanding from the other citizens of Canada.
It is important for all of us to understand the role treaties play in our society and relationships as we move forward to advance reconciliation.