UPPER CANADA — This week, many schools across the Upper Canada District School Board will be taking part in learning opportunities surrounding Treaties Recognition Week, which runs November 4-8.
The goal of Treaties Recognition Week is to promote public education and awareness about treaties and treaty relationships. Treaties are legally binding agreements that set out the rights, responsibilities and relationships of Indigenous people and the federal government. Ontario is covered by 46 treaties and is currently working with Indigenous partners to enhance the provincial education curriculum. Much of the land that UCDSB schools operate on is covered by the Crawford’s Purchases treaty that was signed in 1783.
This year during Treaties Recognition Week, the Native North American Travelling College will be visiting Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute and Rideau District High School, Smiths Falls District High School will welcome Algonquin Cultural Advisor Danka Brewer, and Perth and District Collegiate Institute will be hearing from Mohawk Cultural Advisor Dianne Sedore-McCoy.
“I am looking forward to the learning experiences our staff and students will engage in this week, as we honour the importance of treaties,” says Principal of Indigenous Education Gail Brant-Terry. “It is important to teach our students about treaties and treaty relations and this week gives us a reason to do so.”
To learn more about the treaties, treaty relationships and treaty rights that shape Ontario, please visit the Ontario Government website.