All over Canada, there are special days to mark the signing of Treaties. In Nova Scotia, Treaty Day is held every year on Oct. 1 to celebrate the anniversary of the 1752 Treaty of Friendship and Peace. It kicks off Mi’kmaq History Month, which is aimed at helping Nova Scotians learn more about their past. In early June, Regina hosts Urban Treaty Days with dances, outdoor activities and more. At many events, First Nations people receive an annual gift of money agreed to in the Treaty that includes all the people in their nation. This gift was promised when the Treaty was signed, and is often around $5 per person. Even though that amount hasn’t changed, the gift is very important because it represents and honours First Nations’ unique relationship with the Crown through the image of the Queen. These payments are known as annuities. Many First Nations call their annuities “Treaty money,” which they receive in their communities at a special time each year to commemorate the Treaties and the Treaty relationship. Ontario has declared that the first week of November every year will be Treaties Recognition Week. Treaty celebrations are also often part of National Indigenous People’s Day on June 21.