Bringing Treaties to Life

TUG, Greenest City and Ryerson University's Centre for Studies in Food Security present: 

Bringing Treaties to Life 

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

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

We will hear from:

Donna Powless, Cayuga nation, Director of Taiaiako’n Historical Preservation Society

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

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

This event is free.

Registrants will be sent a link for a Zoom meeting

Want to get some background before the webinar?

Introductory resources 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

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)

Thanks to the Trillium Foundation and City of Toronto for their support.

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