Robin­son Treaties, 1850

Kayak (Canada) - - FEATURE STORY -

Wil­liam Ben­jamin Robin­son was a fur trader who un­der­stood First Na­tions lan­guages and ways. The Bri­tish chose him to lead Treaty talks that would even­tu­ally cover nearly all of north­west­ern On­tario. First Na­tions peo­ple re­ceived an­nu­ities, along with prom­ises that their way of life would be pro­tected. They kept their rights to hunt and fish through­out the ter­ri­tory, and chose the ar­eas they wanted for their re­serves. The Bri­tish were able to set­tle the land and use it for min­ing, lum­ber and more. The Robin­son Treaties be­came the model for agree­ments that would fol­low in other parts of the coun­try.

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