We Are All Treaty People

Explore the meaning and the significance of the phrase “We are all Treaty People.”

September 1, 2018

See “Whose is it?” on pages 18 and 19 the We Are All Treaty People issue of Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids.

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The city council in St. John’s, N.L., starts its meetings with a statement that the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is the unceded land of Beothuk, Mi’kmaq and Labrador Indigenous peoples. Many cities, churches, schools and other organizations across the country are now making First Nation land acknowledgement statements.

Minds on

Explore the meaning and the significance of the phrase “We are all Treaty People.”

Hands on

Have students research several traditional territory acknowledgement statements from across Canada. Write them on sheets of paper and affix them on large map of Canada in the appropriate area/city. Write the phrase “We are all Treaty People” on a separate sheet of paper, affix it on the map. Link the acknowledgment statements and the phrase with string. Instruct students to write a paragraph explaining the thematic map they created.

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