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Treaties Recognition Week 2019 — November 4 – 8, 2019

November 3, 2019 — Treaties Recognition Week is the first week of November every year. Treaties Recognition Week was introduced in 2016 to honour the importance of treaties and to educate citizens about treaty rights and treaty relationships.

Reconciliation is about healing and it begins with each of us. Pursuing reconciliation requires a commitment to learn about, respect, and honour First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples. Treaties Recognition Week should be one element for everyone’s reconciliation journey.

Ontario is covered by 46 treaties. See a map with the full list.

Treaties are constitutionally recognized agreements between Indigenous Peoples and the Crown. First Nations people did not intend to surrender their land permanently; they thought they were simply sharing it peacefully. Settlers have often betrayed these agreements, and colonial policies put in place to exploit, assimilate and eradicate Indigenous Peoples.

Treaties Recognition Week offers us all a chance to reflect and learn. As part of OSSTF/FEESO’s ongoing commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, all members are encouraged to learn, reflect, and make a conscious effort to incorporate these calls into their professional practice. By helping our students learn more about treaty rights and treaty relationships, we can all take concrete steps towards reconciliation. 

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