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Treaty Words

Treaty Words

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2000s: understanding an Indigenous perspective on treaties

  • ISBN: 978-1773214962
  • Genre: Childrens, Indigenous writing

What you need to know before your trail

The first treaty that was made was between the earth and the sky. It was an agreement to work together. We build all of our treaties on that original treaty.

On the banks of the river that have been Mishomis’s home his whole life, he teaches his granddaughter to listen—to hear both the sounds and the silences, and so to learn her place in Creation. Most importantly, he teaches her about treaties—the bonds of reciprocity and renewal that endure for as long as the sun shines, the grass grows, and the rivers flow.

Accompanied by beautiful illustrations by Luke Swinson and an author’s note at the end, Aimée Craft affirms the importance of understanding an Indigenous perspective on treaties in this evocative book that is essential for readers of all ages.

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The Anishinaabe peoples of Canada

“Every person was born with a set of spiritual instructions or understandings, my girl. It’s what we do with it that defines us as human beings.”

“It also made her think of the sounds of ceremony: the eagle whistles, the drum, the shakers. It made her think that we really are replicating the sounds of nature through our music and celebrations, all of which help heal us.”

Aimée Craft is an Anishinaabe/Métis lawyer from Treaty 1 territory in Manitoba. She is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Common Law, University of Ottawa and a leading researcher on Indigenous laws, treaties, and water.

Luke Swinson is an Anishinaabe illustrator who is a member of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. He lives in Kitchener, ON.

BookTrail Boarding Pass: Treaty Words For As Long As the Rivers Flow

Destination/Location: Ontario, Quebec  Author:  Aimée Craft   Departure: 2000s

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