We Are All Treaty People

27

Feb

2020

An evening with Sheldon Krasowski

  • February 27, 2020 7 pm - 9 pm
  • McNally Robinson Booksellers, 3130 8th Street East, Saskatoon

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Discussing & signing No Surrender: The Land Remains Indigenous in conversation with Winona Wheeler.

Between 1869 and 1877 the government of Canada negotiated Treaties One through Seven with the Indigenous peoples of the Great Plains. Many historians argue that the negotiations suffered from cultural misunderstandings between the treaty commissioners and Indigenous chiefs, but newly uncovered eyewitness accounts show that the Canadian government had a strategic plan to deceive over the “surrender clause” and land sharing.

According to Sheldon Krasowski’s research, Canada understood that the Cree, Anishnabeg, Saulteaux, Assiniboine, Siksika, Piikani, Kainaa, Stoney and Tsuu T’ina nations wanted to share the land with newcomers—with conditions—but were misled over governance, reserved lands, and resource sharing. Exposing the government chicanery at the heart of the negotiations, No Surrender demonstrates that the land remains Indigenous.

Sheldon Krasowski was born in Treaty Six Territory (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and received a BA in Indigenous Studies from the University of Saskatchewan, an MA in Indigenous Studies from Trent University, and a PhD in History from the University of Regina. Sheldon currently lives in Treaty Six Territory and works for the OTC.

Winona Wheeler is a member of the Fisher River Cree Nation in Treaty No. 5 territory (Manitoba) though her family hails from George Gordon’s First Nation in Treaty No. 4 territory (Saskatchewan). Of Cree/Assiniboine/Saulteaux and English/Irish descent Winona has been a professional historian and a professor of Indigenous Studies since 1988. She is currently Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.