Bringing Treaties to Life

What does it mean to be a treaty person when you do land-based work?

This webinar explored covenants relevant to Tkaronto/Toronto lands. What do they teach us about our relationship and responsibilities to land, water and all living things?

Resources from the chat box are listed below.

Chi miigwetch/nia:wen to our speakers! Speakers begin at 14:30.

Rick Hill, Beaver Clan of the Tuscarora Nation of the Haudenosaunee at Grand River. Indigenous Innovations Specialist, Mohawk College

Dr. Eva Jewell, Anishinaabekwe from Deshkan Ziibiing (Chippewas of the Thames First Nation), Ma’iingan Dodem. Assistant Professor of Sociology at Toronto Metropolitan University, Associate Fellow at the Yellowhead Institute.

Donna Powless, Snipe clan, Cayugas of Six Nations. Director of Taiaiako’n Historical Preservation Society

Moderated by Rebecca Garrett

Originally aired November 17, 2020

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Webinar resources

Speaker and organizer websites

Overviews map of treaties, territories and languages

Hayden King video on treaties (5:40  newcomers and treaties 10:05 are we all treaty people?)

Video and written transcript of talk Law of The Land: Teyotsihstokwáthe Dakota Brant An Annotated Guide to the (Mal)Interpretation Of Confederation Era Treaties In Canada One page fact sheet explaining differences in interpretation between settlers and First Nations.

Recommended by our speakers

Leanne Simpson’s article Looking after Gdoo-naaganinaa: Precolonial Nishnaabeg Diplomatic and Treaty Relationships Alan Corbiere

McMaster English professor Daniel Coleman has excerpts of his book and a short video interview on

Specific treaties

Dish with One Spoon Wampum

Two-Row Wampum

Covenant Chain, the Royal Proclamation (1763) and the Treaty of Niagara (1764) two short videos with Alan Ojiig Corbiere overview of Niagara Treaty and Two Row Wampum

Toronto Purchase, Treaty #13 (1805)

Williams Treaty (1923)

NanFan Treaty

Other links video and text of Thanksgiving Address in Mohawk and English photo essay with Rick Hill on Dish with One Spoon, Chandra Maracle on role of Haudenosaunee in construction of Canada and U.S, and Ryan DeCaire on Haudenosaunee food system.

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