Treaties Recognition Week at Lakehead University - Nov. 5 to 9

Treaty Recognition Week at Lakehead - Nov. 5 to 9

Treaties Recognition Week is the first week of November every year. Treaties Recognition Week was introduced in 2016 to honour the importance of treaties and to help Ontarians learn more about treaty rights and treaty relationships. Ontario is covered by 46 treaties. Click here to see a map with the full list.

Lakehead University respectfully acknowledges its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Indigenous peoples. 

Lakehead Thunder Bay is located on the traditional lands of the Fort William First Nation, Signatory to the Robinson Superior Treaty of 1850. Lakehead Orillia is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg. The Anishinaabeg include the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatomi nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy.

Lakehead University acknowledges the history that many nations hold in the areas around our campuses, and is committed to a relationship with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples based on the principles of mutual trust, respect, reciprocity, and collaboration in the spirit of reconciliation.

As a response to Call 57 (“We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to provide education to public servants on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations. This will require skills- based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism”), we are hosting several opportunities for student, faculty and staff to engage in continuing their learning next week.

Orillia Campus

Opening and Treaties 101
Monday, Nov. 5
Alumni Commons
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to join us for an opening prayer and address followed by a 15-minute Introduction to Treaties workshop followed by a Q&A discussion over light refreshments.

Movie Night: Trick or Treaty
Tuesday, Nov. 6
OA 1033
6 - 8 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to join us in the main lecture hall for a screening of Trick or Treaty. Hot chocolate and popcorn will be provided.

Building Bridges Cultural Training
Wednesday, Nov. 7
OA 3007
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

  • Topics include: Indigenous Worldview, People of Ontario & Impacts of Treaties, Robinson-Superior (1950) and Williams’ Treaties, The Indian Act, Indigenous Identity & the Canadian Government, Residential Schools
  • Open to all staff and faculty
Please register with Ashley Dokuchie at

Building Bridges Consolidation
Thursday, Nov. 8
OA 1022
9 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Debrief, discussion, considerations and action planning. Open to senior management and all those who attended the Wednesday, Nov. 7 professional learning. Participants please bring: 

  • Strategic plan (university, departmental)
  • Policy or procedures in department or area that might need review or are up for review
  • Laptop (optional)
Please register with Ashley Dokouchie at

Coffee and Conversations
Friday, Nov. 9
Simcoe Hall Main Hallway
10 a.m. - noon

Open to all campus students, staff, and faculty to discuss key points from the
week over a cup of coffee.

Thunder Bay Campus

Opening Ceremonies
Monday, Nov. 5
10 – 10:30 a.m.

Opening: Elder Gene Nowegejick
Welcoming remarks: Dr. Moira McPherson
Keynote: Chief Peter Collins, Fort William First Nation

All welcome. Refreshments provided.

Knowing Right from Law: What You Need to Know about Law School with Senator Murray Sinclair
Monday, Nov. 5
7 - 8 p.m.
Bora Laskin Faculty of Law - Gymnasium, PACI Building, 401 Red River Road

President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Moira McPherson invites you to attend a special guest lecture by Senator Murray Sinclair, Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the first Indigenous judge appointed to the Provincial Court of Manitoba, on “Knowing Right from Law: What You Need to Know about Law School.”

Free admission.

RSVP before Wednesday, Oct. 31 at

This lecture was made possible by the Harold G. Fox Education Fund.

Treaty Panel Discussion
Tuesday, Nov. 6
Graduate Student Lounge – CASES building
12 - 1 p.m.

Join panelists Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox, Assistant Professor Nancy Sandy, and Elder Gene Nowegejick as they discuss various aspects of treaties and their importance today. All welcome.

Maadaadizi Feast & Trick or Treaty Film Screening
Wednesday, Nov. 7
ACSS Aboriginal Student Lounge (SC0004)

  • Feast: 12 to 1:30 p.m.
  • Film: 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Open to all students, staff and faculty

Trick or Treaty Film Encore Presentation
Thursday, Nov. 8
John N. Paterson Auditorium, Bora Laskin Faculty of Law
12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Intro to Treaties Activity
Friday, Nov. 9
Chancellor Paterson Library
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Open to all students, staff and faculty.

Chancellor Paterson Library Teaching, Orillia Library and Learning Commons Resources

Classroom Resources for Professors and Instructors
  • Treaty Recognition PowerPoint: A brief PowerPoint that faculty may consider using during their classes the week of Nov. 5 to 9 as they acknowledge the traditional lands that our learning occurs on.
  • Land Acknowledgement: We ask that you consider opening your classes with a land acknowledgement as an acknowledgement of Treaty Recognition Week.
  • Heritage Minutes: Naskumituwin (Treaty): A short 1 minute video to share with your class on Treaties.
Treaties Recognition Week at Lakehead University - Nov. 5 to 9

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