The first Canada-wide Treaty Negotiation and Implementation Simulation was held in Ottawa in February 2019, by The Gordon Foundation in collaboration with the Land Claims Agreements Coalition (LCAC). It brought together 17 emerging Indigenous leaders from the Northwest Territories (NWT), Nunavut, Yukon, Quebec, and B.C., four well-known Treaty negotiators, several experts, and representatives of the federal government.
The simulation focused on a fictitious First Nation based in the NWT. The participants took part in the negotiation and implementation of a Species at Risk section of a Wildlife Harvesting and Management Chapter. The event was supported by the following: the McConnell Foundation, the Government of Canada, the Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research, and Dionne Schulze law firm.
A Yukon-wide Regional Treaty Negotiation and Implementation Simulation was held in Whitehorse in November 2019, in collaboration with the Yukon Implementation Working Group (IWG).
23 emerging Indigenous leaders representing ten Yukon First Nations came together with treaty negotiators, implementation professionals, other experts, and representatives from the federal and Yukon governments.
The simulation looked at a section of Chapter 10, Special Management Areas, for a fictitious Final Agreement. The Government of Canada, the Government of Yukon, Mapping the Way, the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, and York University supported this event.
In collaboration with Yukon Government Department of Education, Yukon First Nations Education Directorate, and Mapping the Way, The Gordon Foundation organized a Yukon Educators Treaty Simulation on October 14 – 16, 2020. It was a blended in-person and online simulation, and the first simulation run with educators.
Following the success of the Yukon Educators Treaty Simulation in October, a Grade 12 class at FH Collins (a high school in Whitehorse) piloted the simulation over five days in November and December.
The second National Treaty Negotiation and Implementation Simulation, organized in collaboration with the Land Claims Agreements Coalition (LCAC), was held on February 9 and 10, 2020, in Gatineau. Over 40 Indigenous emerging leaders attended, representing 20 Indigenous communities from B.C., Quebec, Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut, alongside several modern treaty experts and advisors.
The simulation looked at Chapter 8, Wildlife Harvesting and Management, for a fictitious Land Claims and Self Government Agreement. The event would not have been possible without the support of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, Nicol Foundation, and the BC Treaty Commission.
The Nisga’a Nation Online Youth Treaty Simulation that took place in August 2020 was the first-ever online Treaty Negotiation and Implementation Simulation. Watch the video below to find out all about the simulation!
The Gordon Foundation partnered with Maskwacis Cultural College to host an online Treaty Simulation over two days in November 2020.
This was the first Treaty 6 simulation that the Foundation has run and participants had the opportunity to learn from experts including, clockwise from top left in the photo above, Ethel-Blondin Andrew (Former Chair, Chair of Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated and Senior Leader, Indigenous Leadership Initiative), Frank Dragon (Negotiator, Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h First Nations Financial Fiscal
Agreement, Maanulth Final Agreement), Craig Makinaw (Former Chief, Ermineskin Cree Nation), and Ron Lameman (Bilateral Treaty Coordinator, Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations).