“We Are All Treaty Peo­ple”

Kayak (Canada) - - ARTISTS IN THIS ISSUE - Amanda Strong

The tur­tle and its shell are part of many cre­ation sto­ries across In­dige­nous cul­tures. The shell in th­ese sto­ries of­ten rep­re­sents Tur­tle Is­land (the land), other­wise known as North Amer­ica. The vis­ual re­la­tion­ship between the land, the antlers and the trees rep­re­sents the way all things are in­ter­con­nected. Com­ing from an In­dige­nous Cana­dian per­spec­tive, I feel that as Treaty peo­ple we are re­spon­si­ble for one an­other and the land. His­tor­i­cal and modern-day Treaties are essen­tial agree­ments that should re­flect that shared re­spon­si­bil­ity. When we start to learn our own his­tory as Treaty peo­ple we can start to build pos­i­tive and re­spect­ful Treaty re­la­tions here on Tur­tle Is­land. -

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