We Are All Treaty People

Treaties 1-11 Gathering hosted by Maskwacis Cree 4 Nations

  • Published - 01/02/2018
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  • Posted By - OTC
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The Office of the Treaty Commissioner's Director of Livelihood and Economic Independence, Milton Tootoosis attended the Treaties 1-11 Gathering hosted by the Maskwacis Cree 4 Nations.

The two-day gathering was held Jan. 30 and 31 at the River Cree Resort on the Enoch Cree Nation just west of Edmonton.

The gathering had presenters on topics such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, land-based treaty, the Medicine Chest, the Indian Act, Child & Family Services, the Maskwacis Education Protocol and Agreement, Treaty Cards and several presentations about the spirit and intent of treaty.

There were many presenters who reinforced the concepts about sovereignty, the spirit and intent and the urgency to find solutions for implementation of many outstanding treaty promises. Several delegates also stressed the importance of unity and working collaboratively for solutions to century old challenges.

“I have attended several Treaty Gatherings and I would have to say there is always a perspective or concept that we all need to be reminded of,” Tootoosis said.

“The constant message being echoed at the gathering was the need for action and a unified approach by all treaty nations for solutions.”

There will be follow-up Treaty 1-11 Gatherings in other communities. These will be posted on the Treaties 1-11 Gathering Facebook page.