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Ontario Proclaims First Week of November Treaties Recognition Week

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Ontario Proclaims First Week of November Treaties Recognition Week

Province Working with Indigenous Partners to Build Awareness

Ontario has passed new legislation to recognize the importance of treaties and to bring awareness to the treaty relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the province. 

The Treaties Recognition Week Act, 2016 introduced and passed with the support of all parties today, designates the first week of November each year as Treaties Recognition Week. The first legislation of its kind in Canada, Treaties Recognition Week will provide a recurring opportunity for teachers to plan learning activities about treaties during the school year and will help promote awareness of treaties in the broader public. 

This legislation is part of Ontario's Treaty Strategy which is promoting constructive engagement and revitalizing treaty relationships between the province and Indigenous communities.

Treaties Recognition Week is also one of many steps on Ontario's journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. It reflects Ontario's commitment to work with Indigenous partners, creating a better future for everyone in the province.

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“Treaties are the reason Canada and Ontario exist as we know them today. All Ontarians, especially students, need to gain a better understanding of treaties. Treaties Recognition Week will provide ongoing opportunities to learn about the treaties that have shaped the province.”

David Zimmer

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

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