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Join us as the City of Thunder Bay Honours Treaties Recognition Week: November 2 – 6, 2020

The Indigenous Relations and Inclusion Office invites you to participate in Treaties Recognition Week by attending a variety of virtual events and online learnings happening throughout the week to learn more about the governing treaty for the Thunder Bay area and why treaties should matter to all Ontarians.

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, to mark Treaties Recognition Week for the City of Thunder Bay, a plaque will be permanently installed in the lobby of City Hall recognizing the Robinson-Superior Treaty. The sign reflects the City of Thunder Bay’s commitment in continuing to foster respectful relations and work with Indigenous partners, promoting a better future for everyone in the city.

What is Treaties Recognition Week?

Treaties Recognition Week takes place on the first week of November every year.  Treaties Recognition week was introduced by the Ontario government in 2016 to honor the importance of treaties and to help Ontarians learn more about treaty rights and treaty relationships. 

To honour Treaties Recognition Week for the City of Thunder Bay, residents are encouraged to join in the week of activities which present opportunities for learning and reflection on an important part of Canada’s history and to continue to honour existing treaty relationships. 

What is happening during Treaties Recognition Week?

Nov 2, 2020

Anishinabek Nation will be hosting a Treaties Recognition Week News Conference on Nov 2, 2020 at 9:00am Eastern Time.  To register for this virtual conference, please contact Marci Becking, Senior Communications Officer/ Anishinabek News Managing Editor by email at marci.becking@anishinabek.ca


Lakehead University Indigenous Initiatives will be conducting an Opening Ceremony with guest speaker Ryan McMahon at 11:00a.m.  Elder Gerry Martin will open the Ceremony, with welcoming remarks from President Moira McPherson, Chief Ted Williams Chippewas of Rama First Nation, and Chief Peter Collins of Fort William First Nation.

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Nov 3, 2020

If you are interested in learning more about treaties personally, or are a parent/caregiver, or educator, Anishinabek Nation has two great tool kits that will help enhance knowledge and engagement and open up a safe space for conversations.


Anishinabek Nation: Gdoo-Sastamoo Kii Mi Treaty Education Kit 

 Anishinabek Nation: We Are All Treaty People Teachers Kit


 Join Lakehead University on Nov 3, 2020 from 12:00pm - 2:30 pm for a film screening Solidarity with the Mi’kmaq Is the Crown at War with us?  Followed by an Open Forum with Dr. Lana Ray & LUNSA President, and  Matthew Bombardier. 

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Shortly after the film screening join the University from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm and virtually attend Our Language is Written on the Land with Elder Shelley Mandawkwe Charles. 

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Nov 4, 2020

The National Film Board of Canada has an array of films and documentary’s regarding the history of treaties and various signings.   Trick or Treaty?  Is a powerful film that portrays one community’s attempts to enforce their treaty rights and protect their lands, while also revealing the complexities of existing treaty agreements.

Trick or Treaty?

 Watch more films on the National Film Board of Canada’s Website.


Take part in the conversation and register for the Global Indigenous Speaker Series hosted by Lakehead University Indigenous Initiatives Nov 4, 2020 from 12:30 p.m - 2:00 p.m with a lecture from Dr. Wendy Smythe Díi Hlanggwáay tla k_íiya ‘la áaygaagang: Fostering Inclusive Research and Education Practices From K-12 to Funding Agencies

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Nov 5, 2020

Cora-Lee McGuire-Cyrette is Executive Director of the Ontario Native Women’s Association. Join Cora as she speaks briefly about the signing of Robinson-Superior Treaty of 1850.

Indigenous Voices of Treaties: Cora-Lee McGuire-Cyrette     

Watch more videos on Indigenous voices on treaties on the Government of Ontario’s Website.


On Nov 5, 2020 join Lakehead University for An Introduction to Crown-Indigenous Treaties and Treaty Law in Canada at           1:30 p.m - 3:00 p.m where there will be a lecture and question period with Robert Hamilton, Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law.

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 Nov 6, 2020

The Ministry of Indigenous Affairs has coordinated a virtual living library event We Are All Treaty People on November 6, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This event features Robert Greene and Maurice Switzer and is moderated by Bob Goulais. It includes a one-hour panel discussion followed by a 30-minute interactive question and answer session. 

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Join the Lakehead University Indigenous Initiatives Office for What Treaties & Right Relations offer Canadians on Nov 6, 2020 at 2:30pm - 3:30pm with Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Chair Truth & Reconciliation. 

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How can I support Treaties Recognition Week?

Consider hosting a Treaties Recognition Week event for your staff or clients.  The Ministry of Indigenous Affairs can provide a list of Indigenous Elders and knowledge keepers who are willing to share their knowledge.

Visit the Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Affairs website and use the interactive digital treaty map to locate where you live, work, or study. You’ll find other useful treaty resources on this page.

Promote Treaties Recognition Week through your internal and external communications channels, such as newsletters, blogs, web pages and social media channels using the campaign hashtag #TreatyON

Retweet Ministry of Indigenous Affairs Treaties Recognition Week social media content on your personal/organization’s social media channels. 

Where can I learn more about Treaties?

The Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Affairs offers a variety of online tools with learning resources and invites the public to join the conversation happening across Ontario on social media.

Find an assortment of educational resources on treaties on Anishinabek Nation’s website.

Books are available for purchase through Goodminds.com.

 Make learning fun and download some printables:


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