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Treaty Week 2023

ROBINSON HURON
WAAWIINDAMAAGEWIN
TREATY WEEK

In 2016, Ontario passed legislation recognizing the first full week of November as Treaties Recognition Week. This annual event honours the importance of treaties and helps students and residents of Ontario learn more about treaty rights and relationships.

Since 2020, Robinson Huron Waawiindamaagewin (RHW) has used this opportunity to educate students and community members, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, about the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850 and the work being done in the territory to establish a treaty-level governance body to address treaty-specific issues as well as efforts to return to traditional governance systems.

The Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850 establishes the foundational relationships between the Anishinaabe of the northern shores of Lake Huron, our lands, and the Crown. Treaty relationships require the participation of all those living within the Treaty territory for implementation.

We welcome you to join us this week to learn about the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850 and reflect on your Treaty relationships, responsibilities, and obligations. We also welcome you to learn more about RHW and the work we are doing to reignite the Regional Anishinaabe Ishkodaykaan (Council Fire) in the Treaty territory.

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ABOUT
WAAWIINDAMAAGEWIN

RHW is an initiative undertaken by the 21 First Nations of the Robinson Huron Treaty to create a treaty-level body capable of addressing many issues that have, until this time, been addressed within Canadian government-created agencies and systems of governance. The goal is to develop a collective Anishinaabe decision-making body progressing the interests and inherent rights of our people.

We recognize that the Treaty helps protect our inherent rights and can build on the strength of this collective to enhance and foster health and wellness for our people.

RHW also conducts treaty-based research, facilitates community engagement in Robinson Huron Treaty communities on treaty-related matters, and develops treaty education tools, including detailed use and occupancy research of the treaty area.

Treaty Week 2023
Renewing Our Treaty Relationships

NOVEMBER 7 to 9, 2023

GENERAL INFORMATION

In-Person LocationCanisius Hall, University of Sudbury 
(Laurentian University Campus) 
935 Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury 
Stream Onlineyoutube.com/@robinsonhuronwaawiindamaag1557 
Treaty Week MCsNelson Toulouse 
Sagamok Anishinawbek 

Quinn Meawasige 
Serpent River First Nation 
Treaty Week EldersNookomis Martina Osawamick 
Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory 

Julie Ozawagosh 
Atikameksheng Anishinawbek 

Donald Petahtegoose 
Atikameksheng Anishinawbek

Supreme Court Hearings Streaming Event – November 7

The Supreme Court of Canada will be hearing an appeal brought by Ontario seeking to overturn the decision of the majority of the Ontario Court of Appeal. Ontario will be arguing that the ONCA’s majority were wrong in upholding Justice Hennessy’s interpretation of the augmentation rather. Ontario will also argue that awarding past compensation for historical treaty breaches is inappropriate and that the RHT should only be entitled to receive declarations from the Court at a future Stage 3. RHTLF’s legal team will argue that the majority were correct in upholding Justice Hennessy’s interpretation of the augmentation promise. They will also argue that the ONCA made an error by overturning Justice Hennessy’s findings that the Crown has a fiduciary duty the implementation of the augmentation promise.

TREATY TALKS with TOMORROW'S LEADERS

AGENDA for WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2023

TimeEventFacilitator/Speaker
9:00 amClassroom Arrival and Welcoming
9:15 amOpening MiigwechwinElder Julie Ozawagosh
9:25 amUnderstanding the History of the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850Dr. Alan Corbiere
10:50 amClassroom Departure and Baa Maa Pii
SECONDARY SESSION
TimeEventFacilitator/Speaker
11:45 amClassroom Arrival and Welcoming
12:00 pmOpening MiigwechwinElder Julie Ozawagosh
12:10 pmUnderstanding the History of the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850Dr. Alan Corbiere
1:15 pmClassroom Departure and Baa Maa Pii
ELEMENTARY SESSION

TREATY TALKS with TOMORROW'S LEADERS

AGENDA for WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2023

TimeEventFacilitator/Speaker
9:00 amClassroom Arrival and Welcoming
9:15 amOpening MiigwechwinElder Julie Ozawagosh
9:25 amUnderstanding the History of the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850Dr. Alan Corbiere
10:50 amClassroom Departure and Baa Maa Pii
SECONDARY SESSION
TimeEventFacilitator/Speaker
11:45 amClassroom Arrival and Welcoming
12:00 pmOpening MiigwechwinElder Julie Ozawagosh
12:10 pmUnderstanding the History of the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850Dr. Alan Corbiere
1:15 pmClassroom Departure and Baa Maa Pii
ELEMENTARY SESSION

TREATY TALKS with TOMORROW'S LEADERS

AGENDA for WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2023

TimeEventFacilitator/Speaker
9:00 amClassroom Arrival and Welcoming
9:15 amOpening MiigwechwinElder Julie Ozawagosh
9:25 amUnderstanding the History of the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850Dr. Alan Corbiere
10:50 amClassroom Departure and Baa Maa Pii
SECONDARY SESSION
TimeEventFacilitator/Speaker
11:45 amClassroom Arrival and Welcoming
12:00 pmOpening MiigwechwinElder Julie Ozawagosh
12:10 pmUnderstanding the History of the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850Dr. Alan Corbiere
1:15 pmClassroom Departure and Baa Maa Pii
ELEMENTARY SESSION

TRADITIONAL and TREATY-LEVEL 
GOVERNANCE FORUM

AGENDA for THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2023

TimeEventFacilitator/Speaker
7:00 amSunrise CeremonyElder Juilie Ozawagosh
Elder Donald Petahtegoose
9:00 amOpening MiigwechwinNookomis Martina Osawamick
9:15 amOpening Comments from WaawiindamaagewinEarl Commanda
9:20 amFirst Nations Botany, Food Security, and TreatiesDominic Beaudry
10:30 amBreak
10:45 amReturning to Our Traditional Ways of Being and PracticeQuinn Meawasige
12:00 pmLunch
1:00 pmPanel Discussion: Community Experiences with the Use and Occupancy StudyCheryl Recollet
2:15 pmBreak
2:30 pmEquitable, Sacred and Sustainable Uses of Creator's GiftsNeil Jones
3:15 pmRHTLF Litigation/Settlement UpdateRoger Jones
4:30 pmTreaty Week Closing Miigwechwin
SECONDARY SESSION