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Treaties Recognition Week at Lakehead University - Nov. 5 to 9, 2019

“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. See a map with the full list.”

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

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

Monday, November 4, 2019

  • Opening and Treaties 101
    Alumni Commons

    10 am - 11am 
    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. 

  • KAIROS Blanket Exercise  
    Heritage Place Campus

    12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
    All welcome!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

  • Land Acknowledgement Discussion
    Heritage Place Info Table in Main Hallway 10am - 12noon
    Tipi 3pm - 4pm

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

  • Culture Night Film Screening: Trick or Treaty
    7pm - 8:30 pm

Thursday, November 7, 2019 

  • Community Panel Discussion
    6pm - 7pm

Friday, November 8, 2019 

  • Coffee and Conversations 
    Simcoe Hall Main Hallway

    10am - 12noon 
    Open to all campus students, staff, and faculty to discuss key points from the
    week over a cup of coffee. 

  • Doing Research in A Good Way
    10 am - noon

    This workshop, co-facilitated by Rebecca Heffernan, Research Services, and Denise Baxter, Vice Provost, Aboriginal Initiatives, will explore how to get started in doing research in a good way with Indigenous communities and organizations. It will cover formal frameworks for engaging with communities, co-creating knowledge, and sharing research data and the results of research (e.g. OCAP principles, TCPS2 Chapter 9). The workshop will also explore the more informal but equally important aspects of relationship building that underlie these formal frameworks: dos and don'ts in approaching Indigenous organizations/communities for research partnerships, differences in Indigenous and western/mainstream cultural understandings of research and knowledge creation, and ensuring relational accountability throughout the research process.
    Light refreshments will be served.
    To attend, please RSVP to Rebecca at


Thunder Bay Campus


Monday, November 4, 2019

  • Opening Ceremonies 
    11 am

    Opening- Elder Gerry Martin
    Welcoming remarks- President M. McPherson
    Keynote- TBD, Fort William First Nation
    All welcome

  • Understanding Treaties Presentation
    12:00 pm (noon)

    PA 3008, Bora Laskin Faculty of Law
    Elder Gerry Martin

  • Book Display 
    Chancellor Paterson Library

    Monday to Friday
    Book display on the main floor of the Chancellor Paterson Library with resources pertaining to Treaties. 
    All Welcome


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

  • ACSS - Treaties Plinko
    11am to noon

    Join ACSS in the Agora to learn more about Treaties
    Come and win some prized and test your knowledge!

  • Trick or Treaty? Film Screening
    12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

    PA 3006 (Paterson Auditorium), Bora Laskin Faculty of Law


Wednesday, November 6, 2019   

  • Indigenous Voices on Treaties Film Screening
    Noon to 1:30 pm

    ACSS Aboriginal Student Lounge (UC1007)
    Open to all students, staff and faculty
    Refreshments provided

  • Nisga’a Dancing in Both Worlds Film Screening
    12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

    PA 0019, Bora Laskin Faculty of Law


Thursday, November 7, 2019

  • Treaty Information Table
    12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

    Gakina Nindinawemaaganag Lounge – UC1007

  • Teaching and Learning after TRC:  An Indigenous Feminist Lens
    Dr. Kim Anderson

    2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    LI 5014
    Open to Lakehead Faculty and Staff

  • Decolonizing Research Ethics:  Challenges & Possibilities
    7:30 pm

    CASES Atrium
    Open to public

Friday, November 8, 2019 

  • Book Launch
    2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

    The Study
    Authors Dr. Kim Anderson, a distinguished Indigenous scholar and Rene Meshake, an accomplished Anishinaabe storyteller and artist will be joining us to share the launch of their book, My Soul in Story.
    Light snacks and refreshments provided.



Chancellor Paterson Library, Education Library,  Law Library, and Orillia Library 

Each of the 3 libraries in Thunder Bay: Chancellor Paterson Library, Education Library, and Law Library, as well as the University Avenue branch of the Orillia campus wishes to acknowledge Treaties Recognition Week. Each of the libraries invites students, faculty, and visitors to examine the many resources they will have on display. Resources will include books pertaining to treaties in Canada as well as resources designed to help teach the history of treaties within the elementary and secondary school classroom. The displays will also include a variety of informative handouts that pertain to treaties such as bibliographies and bookmarks.

  • Everyone is welcome to stop in and browse the resources on display 

  • See more from the library in the Communication Bulletin

Classroom Resources for Professors and Instructors

  • We ask that you consider opening your classes with a land acknowledgement as an acknowledgement of Treaty Recognition Week

Treaties Recognition Week at Lakehead University - Nov. 5 to 9, 2019