We Are All Treaty People

Charlotte Ross

Charlotte Ross is a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation, one of three Woodland Cree language groups in Saskatchewan. She has two sons and has made Rosetown, SK her home for the last six years.

She has over two decades of experience navigating systems of higher education both as an Aboriginal Academic Coordinator and as a University Off-Campus Instructor for Indian Studies & Cree language classes. In 2011, Charlotte broadened her career path and embraced the role as a Consultant for First Nations, Tribal Councils, non-profit corporations and post secondary educational institutions. She is a majority owner in the family owned business, Osihcikew Contracting Ltd., a seasonal business building grain storage bins across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Charlotte is a Treaty Kit Facilitator for the Office of the Treaty Commissioner in addition to being a member of the OTC Speaker’ Bureau. She is co-chair of the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network and a team trainer &facilitator for the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies 2-day workshop,From Truth to Reconciliation: the SK Indian residential schools.

As a fluent Cree speaker and former Cree Instructor, Charlotte is involved in Indigenous Language program revitalization projects with the Office of First Nation & Metis Relations at the University of Saskatchewan. She worked with the 2016 cohort of graduate students enrolled in the Master’s of Indigenous Language Revitalization program with the University of Victoria.

She is a volunteer committee member for the Montreal Lake Cree Nation Urban Program as well as the Awasis Aboriginal Education Council organizing an annual conference for educators, health workers and community members.


The Treaties: Treaty History, Treaty Relationship, Treaty Responsibilities, Treaty Land Entitlement

The Indian Act: History of the Indian Act, Negative Implications, Indian Residential Schools, Current Issues

Indigenous Culture: Worldview, Language Systems, Tribal/Nation Systems, Pre-Contact History, Colonial Decimation of Culture, Cultural Resilience

Treaty Implementation: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Principles of Reconciliation, Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action