This issue of Canada’s History explores the history of Treaties and the Treaty relationship and is an important first step in sharing First Nations perspectives.
It has been developed with contributors who have helped to incorporate the spirit and intent of Treaty making. The contributors, drawn from across the country, bring expertise and insights that help us to understand the continuing relevance of Treaties and the Treaty relationship.
We are grateful to Treaty Commissioner Loretta Ross, who co-edited this issue, along with Canada’s History editor-in-chief Mark Collin Reid and all the contributors who have helped to bring this project to fruition.
On the cover
The cover design for this issue began with the Treaty phrase “As long as the sun shines, the grass grows, and the waters flow” represented by three colours (red, green, and blue). These colours were then interwoven to resemble a sweetgrass braid, traditionally signifying mind, body, and spirit, and in this case also representing the three parties in the Treaty relationship (the First Nations, the Crown, and the Creator). The end of the braid includes twenty-one individual strands representing seven past generations, seven future generations, and the Seven Sacred Teachings. The design was a collaboration between artist Kenneth Lavallee and graphic designer Andrew Workman.