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We have quite a few Treaty Simulations to look forward to in the next few months! The Gordon Foundation is happy to partner with the Land Claims Agreements Coalition (LCAC), Nunavut Sivuniksavut (NS), Nisga’a Nation, and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) to host Treaty Simulations.  

Treaty Simulations are events that provide exciting hands-on learning about negotiating and implementing Modern Treaties. Participants split into groups representing different parties such as an Indigenous government, the provincial or territorial government, and the federal government, and negotiate until an agreement is reached while being assisted by expert advisors. With our partners and advisors, we develop a variety of interesting and relevant scenarios for participants to negotiate at Treaty Simulations, and we are excited to hear the ideas of the Indigenous youth participants. 

Sixth National Treaty Simulation  

In February, The Gordon Foundation is partnering with the Land Claims Agreements Coalition (LCAC) for the sixth time to host the annual National Treaty Simulation in Ottawa. LCAC was formed to ensure that comprehensive land claims (Modern Treaties) and associated Self-Government Agreements are respected, honored, and fully implemented.  

During the simulation, youth delegates from across Canada will come together to learn from Elder Meeka Kakudluk and experienced treaty negotiators, including Frank Dragon, John B. Zoe, Lisa Hutton, and Dave Joe. This is an exciting national event that we look forward to hosting every year. We cannot wait to hear passionate ideas from emerging Indigenous leaders.  


Nunavut Sivuniksavut (NS) Treaty Simulation 

In March, we are looking forward to hosting a Treaty Simulation with Nunavut Sivuniksavut (NS) students in Ottawa. NS is a unique post-secondary program designed to empower Inuit youth. The program provides students the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge that will set them up for success as young adults.  

First and second year students in the NS program will participate in a Treaty Simulation focused on housing, a topic chosen by the students. They will work in teams representing Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the Government of Nunavut, and Government of Canada, and learn how the delivery of social programs and services relates to their land claim settlement.  

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Treaty Simulation 

In May, we will be hosting a Treaty Simulation in Iqaluit, Nunavut, with Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI). The Nunavut Land Claim Agreement was signed in 1993 and is the largest Indigenous land claim settlement in Canadian history. NTI ensures that promises made under the Nunavut Agreement are carried out. They manage Inuit responsibilities set out in the agreement and ensure the federal and territorial governments fulfill their obligations.  

Emerging leaders in Nunavut will learn about negotiating and implementing a land claim settlement while gaining skills in problem-solving, decision-making, consensus building and teamwork. 

Nisga’a Nation Treaty Simulation 

In the spring, The Gordon Foundation and the Nisga’a Nation will host a Treaty Simulation in Gitwinksihlkw, British Columbia, ahead of the Special Assembly of the Nisg̱a’a Nation. The Nisga’a Final Agreement came into effect in 2000 and became the first Modern Treaty in British Columbia.  

Participants in the Treaty Negotiation will learn about the history of their Modern Treaty, gain new connections, and develop a variety of skills in negotiation, critical thinking, public speaking, and leadership. 


It is important to understand treaties because they impact all people living in Canada. Treaties are a significant part of our history, present and future. To start your treaty learning journey, check out for a vast collection of resources, videos, and learning tools.