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Treaties Recognition Week

Students standing beneath Treaties Week bulliten board.jpgOntario is covered by 46 treaties and other agreements, such as land purchases by the Crown, that were signed between 1781 and 1930. In 2016 the Province of Ontario passed legislation declaring the first week of November Treaties Recognition Week to bring awareness to these legally binding agreements that set out the rights, responsibilities and relationships of First Nations and the federal and provincial governments.

Throughout the Greater Essex County District School Board between November 6 - 10 teachers are making use of materials and resources to focus classroom work towards treaties. Students are creating their own treaties and designs and are sharing information about Ontario Treaties in their schools with bulletin boards and announcements.

At Bellewood Public School students are using the Robert Munsch book, "A Promise is a Promise" to make connections between promises broken between the government and Indigenous peoples. They are writing about a personal experience when they kept a promise and how important that is.