Treaties are beneficial to all people in Saskatchewan. They are considered mutually beneficial arrangements that guarantee a co-existence between the treaty parties. Newcomers and their descendents benefit from the wealth generated from the land and the foundational rights provided in the treaties. They built their society in this new land where some were looking for political and religious freedoms. Today, there are misconceptions that only First Nations peoples are part of the treaties, but in reality, both parties are part of treaty. All people in Saskatchewan are treaty people.Treaty Essential Learnings p16.
Treaties have been defined as formal agreements between states that often consider land, property, and public welfare between those states, and the citizens of those states, for perpetuity.
For a brief summary of the treaties in Canada and additional resources visit the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada website .