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Treaties and Landclaims


Film & Video

Broken Promises


YouTube (2:21 mins)

Former Chief Elijah Harper, who brought down the Meech Lake Accord, speaks about Treaties and the effect broken promises have on his people.  (Grade 8 and up)


Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

National Film Board of Canada, 1993. (119 mins)

From the NFB website:  "On a July day in 1990, a confrontation propelled Native issues in Kanehsatake and the village of Oka, Quebec, into the international spotlight. Director Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 nerve-wracking days and nights filming the armed stand-off between the Mohawks, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. This powerful documentary takes you right into the action of an age-old Aboriginal struggle. The result is a portrait of the people behind the barricades."

Scenes of violence, viewer discretion is advised.



Contested Terrain.

For the history teacher – primary source documents on Aboriginal Land Petitions in New Brunswick, 1786-1878. (Grades 11 and 12)


Opinion/Blog Post

FEDCAN Blog Post: A History of the 1764 Treaty at Niagara woven with a personal story of one woman’s journey of honoring this treaty. (Grades 11 and 12)


Other Resources

Canadian Race Relations Foundation: Information pages about Aboriginal Treaty Rights Cases in Canada. Includes information about further websites and printed materials about treaties.  (Grade 9 and up)


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