Explore the symbolism in the Treaty medal. 

Posted September 1, 2018

See “Gifts and Symbols” on pages 16 and 17 in the We Are All Treaty People issue of Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids.

Read “Shake on It“

This medal was given starting in 1873. It had an image of a First Nations leader shaking hands with a British officer on one side and a picture of Queen Victoria on the other. It was used until the death of the Queen in 1901. This one was made of pure silver.

Minds on

Explore the symbolism in the Treaty medal. Focus on the handshake, the symbols of Creation, the buried hatchet.

Hands on

Have students individually create a class medal symbolizing the relationship between students-students; teacher-students. Display the medals in the classroom for the duration of the year as a symbol of their relevance, guidance, and endurance.

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