Treaties are important shapers of the relationships between Indigenous peoples and Canada.
Since 1975, 26 negotiated modern treaties have provided Indigenous ownership of more than 600,000 square kilometres of land. The legacy and impact of treaties are important knowledge for all Canadians.
It is imperative that the next generation of Indigenous leaders, in particular, are engaged and interested in their treaties, as agreements are defining the rights of many Indigenous peoples and creating paths for self-determination.
The Gordon Foundation worked with experts, negotiators, and the Land Claims Agreement Coalition (LCAC) to document existing educational treaty initiatives across the country, and identified gaps and recommendations.
Over 50 resources were identified in the report, Treaty Negotiators of the Future. The resources are also available on a portal on The Land Claims Agreements Coalition (LCAC) website.
In collaboration with various communities, experts, negotiators and the Land Claims Agreement Coalition (LCAC), The Foundation has been implementing one of the recommendations from the Treaty Negotiators of the Future report: the Treaty Negotiation and Implementation Simulation for emerging Indigenous leaders.
The treaty simulation engages emerging Indigenous leaders in the treaty process, builds intergenerational connections, and transfers knowledge and skills in a stimulating and experiential way. It also builds a network of emerging Indigenous leaders and experts for future learning and support.
The model is also an effective way to explore different perspectives as participants take turns representing negotiators from an Indigenous government or organization and federal or territorial/provincial government.