We Are All Treaty People

Dion Tootoosis

Dion Tootoosis is an established Educator from Poundmaker Cree Nation who maintains the family reputation of perpetuating language, beliefs, values and practices through his work in the education sector, and at cultural events as a master of ceremonies, storyteller and Knowledge Keeper. 

A professional teacher since 2004, Dion has worked both on-Nation, for Catholic and public-school divisions in Alberta and Saskatchewan and for Mount Royal University in Calgary teaching Science, History, Language Arts and Indigenous Studies, as well as a guest lecturer for the Indian Teacher Education Program at the University of Saskatchewan. 

He currently serves  all Treaty territories as a Education and Cultural Resource. 

Topics:

The Treaties: Treaty History, Treaty Relationship, Treaty Responsibilities, Spirit and Intent of Treaty, 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

Positive Race Relations: Human Rights, Race Relations and Diversity, Cultural, Social and Economic Rights, Multi-Cultural inclusivity

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

*singer, drummer, storyteller

**lateral violence training

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