We Are All Treaty People

Charlotte Ross

Charlotte Ross is a registered member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation, one of three Woodland Cree Nations in Saskatchewan. She has made Rosetown, SK her home and embodies the spirit of reconciliation in her personal and professional life. Being surrounded by the Woodland Cree language from birth provided a foundation for her life and is based on the principles of mitho-wahk?towin or having good relationships with all of our relatives.

She has extensive 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.

Charlotte is a Treaty Kit Facilitator for the Office of the Treaty Commissioner and is a member of the OTC Speaker’ Bureau. She has been the co-chair for the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network and served on the Montreal Lake Business Ventures Board as the first female Board member. She is a team trainer &facilitator for the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies 2-day workshop, From Truth to Reconciliation:  SK Indian residential schools.

As a proficient 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. Charlotte is passionate about Indigenous language revitalization and is a PhD candidate specializing in ILR through the University of Victoria.

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

Indigenous Language:  Connecting to language, language as medicine, storytelling, making meaning through language revitalization,  language curriculum development

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

The Indian Act: History of the Indian Act, Constraints & Impacts, Indian Residential Schools, Current Issues

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

Treaty curriculum development