November 4, 2016
First Week of November Proclaimed as Treaty Recognition Week
The City of Timmins has formally recognized November 6th to 12th as Treaty Recognition Week. The new Provincial legislation recognizes the importance of treaties and brings awareness to the treaty relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the province. The first legislation of its kind in Canada, Treaties Recognition Week will provide a recurring opportunity for teachers to plan learning activities about treaties during the school year and will help promote awareness of treaties in the broader public.
Timmins Mayor Steve Black was joined by District School Board Ontario North East Director of Education Linda Knight, Board Chair Doug Shearer, Board Indigenous System Lead Elizabeth Innes, and students from Timmins High & Vocational School and R. Ross Beattie Senior Public School to mark the proclamation.
"At District School Board Ontario North East, we believe all students – both Indigenous and non-Indigenous - are enriched by learning the histories, cultures, contributions and perspectives of the Indigenous people of Canada," commented Indigenous System Lead Elizabeth Innes. "In 1905, the Ojibway and Cree people of Northern Ontario entered into a treaty relationship with the government of Canada. In agreeing to sharing the land, Indigenous people were given protected hunting and fishing rights, reserve areas and a monetary gift. In return, the Indigenous people agreed to share the natural resources of the land. Our Board believes in sharing and teaching the treaty process with our staff and students."
This legislation is part of Ontario's Treaty Strategy which is promoting constructive engagement and revitalizing treaty relationships between the province and Indigenous communities. Treaties Recognition Week is also one of many steps on Ontario's journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. It reflects Ontario's commitment to work with Indigenous partners, creating a better future for everyone in the province.
"It highlights the importance of our education system in recognizing treaties, the issues surrounding treaties and how they came about. I'm very pleased that the City of Timmins is making this proclamation," said Boar Chair, Doug Shearer. Timmins Mayor Steve Black also added, "It's a very important day and a big step forward in recognizing some of the aspects of the Truth and Reconciliation process."