Every year, the first full week of November is Treaties Recognition Week, which was initiated by Ontario’s Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation (MIRR) in 2016.

This year, Treaties Recognition Week is November 2 to 6, 2020.

It was introduced to honour the importance of treaties and to help Ontarians learn more about treaty rights and treaty relationships. Most of Ontario is covered by 46 treaties and other agreements, such as land acquisitions by the Crown signed between 1781 and 1930. First Nations had their own process of treaty-making that had existed for thousands of years. Treaties are legal agreements between two or more nations. Every Canadian is a treaty person and has a responsibility to the treaty relationship.

Treaties Recognition Week is a special opportunity for all Ontarians to learn about why treaties matter. By learning more about our collective treaty rights and obligations, we can create a greater understanding and nurture these relationships.

We hope our students, staff and families consider incorporating treaty information into their teaching programs and conversations not just during this week, but beyond.

We are all Treaty people.

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