Treaties and Reconciliation

Aboriginal Peoples: Mapping the future
Special report on land claims across Canada
CBC News May 30, 2011

Land: the great misunderstanding between Aboriginal Peoples and governments throughout Canadian history. In aboriginal spirituality, land cannot be separated from the creatures that it supports and feeds, including humans. Still today, the Ojibwa speak of Pimachiowin Aki, land that gives life.

Land Claims Agreements Coalition
This coalition came together to ensure that comprehensive land claims and associated self-government agreements are respected, honoured and fully implemented in order to achieve their objectives. Our membership includes all settled comprehensive land claim governments and organizations in Canada.  The coalition includes the Council of Yukon First Nations, Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), Gwich’in Tribal Council, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Makivik Corporation, Naspaki Nation of Kawawachikamach, Nisga’a Nation, The Nunatsiavut Government, unavut Tunngavik Inc., the Sahtu Secretariat Inc. and the Tlicho Government.

Reconciliation – First Nations Treaty Making in British Columbia
Five centuries after Columbus thought he’d arrived in India, the Americas have still not reconciled their “Indian” and settler populations. In the 20th century Canada has negotiated only one modern treaty in British Columbia. A decade after finalizing the Nisga’a treaty, the B.C. Treaty Commission process established in 1992 had finalized only one treaty by 2006, despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars. This impassioned book, produced as the culmination of work as a Senior Fellow on Treaty Issues for the Gordon Foundation, examines why —and what we can do about it, from the perspective of one of Canada’s most experienced and skilled negotiators, Tony Penikett.  Listen to an audioblog interview with the author here.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission
The Commission’s mandate is to document the truth of survivors, their families, communities and anyone who has been personally affected by the Indian Residential Schools legacy.  It also has a mandate to inform all Canadians about what happened in these schools so that the Commission can guide and inspire Aboriginal peoples – and all of Canada – in a process of truth and healing on a path leading toward reconciliation and renewed relationships based on mutual understanding and respect. The Commission was created as a result of the court-approved Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement negotiated by legal counsel for former students, legal counsel for the churches, the Government of Canada, Assembly of First Nations and other Aboriginal organizations.