FROM THE EDI­TOR

Kayak (Canada) - - CONTENTS -

Wel­come to our guest edi­tor for this is­sue, Cyn­thia Bird! Cyn­thia (Wabi Be­nais Mis­ta­tim Equay) of Peguis First Nation is an ed­u­ca­tor who lives in Calgary in Treaty 7 ter­ri­tory and works with the Treaty Re­la­tions Com­mis­sion of Man­i­toba.

This is­sue of Kayak is about Treaties and the his­toric Treaty re­la­tion­ship between First Na­tions peo­ples and the Bri­tish Crown, now rep­re­sented by the gov­ern­ment of Canada. Many peo­ple might say Treaties are about the past. Yes, they are about the past, but they are also about the present and the fu­ture. They are cen­tral to what it means to be Cana­dian. They re­main as im­por­tant to­day as they were in the past. Learn­ing about Treaties gives us a chance to re­flect on our shared his­tory and to learn why “We Are All Treaty Peo­ple”. Un­der­stand­ing this is im­por­tant for us as Cana­di­ans. We need to know how we have each ben­e­fited from our Treaty story. It is who we are.

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