Learn and Explore

Much of what we know about Treaties is written from the perspective of historians and early Canadian governments. But we believe there is a need to include the oral history of the Elders to provide a balanced understanding of the Treaties and to include the perspectives of First Nation peoples.

The Elders stress the importance of having everyone learn about the spirit and intent of the Treaties. And we work closely with our Council of Elders, to share the histories and stories of the First Nation people.

Learning about Treaties through the stories shared by Elders, teaches us that the Treaties are much more than the written document. They are lived-relationships based on partnership, mutual respect, and sharing of the land.

The Treaties are rooted in our shared history, but they are agreements about the future. They are at the heart of the relationship between First Nations and Canadians. We invite you to explore what interests you to enhance your understanding of the Treaties.

Can we stop the power of the Whiteman from spreading over the land like the grasshopper that clouds the sky then fall to consume every blade of grass and every leaf on the trees in their path? Before this happens let us ponder carefully our choice of roads. There are men among you who are trying to blind our eyes and refuse to see the things that have come to pass. Let us not think of ourselves but of our children’s children. We hold our place among the tribes and chiefs and counsellors because our people think we have the wisdom. Then let us show our wisdom. Let us show our wisdom by choosing the right path now while we have a choice.

Chief Ahtakakup, at Treaty No 6 negotiations with Crown representatives