We Are All Treaty People

OTC enters partnership with Saskatchewan Polytechnic

  • Published - 02/12/2020
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  • Posted By - OTC
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The Office of the Treaty Commissioner is excited to celebrate a new partnership with Saskatchewan Polytechnic. On Tuesday, Dec. 1, the OTC signed a strategic alliance with the college to further relationships and foster Indigenous inclusive learning environments.

Elder Shirley Wolfe Keller opened the event with a prayer, and speakers bureau member Aaron Tootoosis provided an honor song.

The event took place virtually to protect everyone from COVID-19.

The organizations have come together to  work on providing Treaty Education and Indigenous Awareness on all Saskatchewan Polytechnic campuses across the province.

"We are pleased to be entering into a partnership with Saskatchewan Polytechnic, to help foster and support an Indigenous inclusive learning environment. Treaty promises have not been fully realized, and we know to get there we have to work to decolonize systems. Working with partners we are able to promote Treaty identity, awareness, and understandings and help us move towards the goal of Truth and Reconciliation through Treaty Implementation,” said Mary Culbertson, Treaty Commissioner of Saskatchewan.

The Office of the Treaty Commissioner recognizes the value and importance of this academic institution in developing the strengths and skills of our province’s past, current and future leaders in various sectors. Through this historic partnership, based on the Treaty principles of honor, respect and mutual benefit, the OTC hopes to broaden the knowledge base for all students and staff on Treaties.

“We will work together to promote Treaty identity and create an awareness and understanding of our Indigenous Treaty partners,” said Amy Seesequasis, the OTC Director of Public Education.

“This partnership is one I am very proud of and excited to see unfold.”

The OTC strives to achieve Treaty implementation through an understanding of Treaties, the Treaty relationship, and Indigenous Treaty partners by way of our various information sessions facilitated by our Public Education department. Our goal is to honour the Treaty relationship in the spirit of peace and friendship and commitment to ongoing reciprocal relations.