We are all Treaty people. You may have heard this expression before and wondered, I am a Treaty person? Did you know that whether you are First Nation, Canadian, or a Newcomer, you benefit from the Treaties? These agreements between First Nations and the Crown may have been made in the past, but they were made with an eye to the future. The reality is that we all benefit from the Treaties every single day. When you consider the fact that all the land in Manitoba is Treaty land, you realize how important the Treaties are. Our homes, our farms, our businesses, even the water we drink are just some of the things that we can enjoy because of the Treaties. Treaties are also a partnership between First Nations and Canadians that was intended to last “as long as the sun shines, the grass grows and the waters flow.” So as long as we are all living here and sharing these lands, we are a part of the Treaty relationship and are all Treaty people.