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In 2016, Ontario passed the first legislation of its kind in Canada declaring the first week of November as Treaties Recognition Week. This year Treaties Recognition Week is November 6-12, 2023.

This annual event honours the importance of treaties and helps students and residents of Ontario learn more about treaty rights and relationships. By learning more about our collective treaty rights and obligations, we can create greater understanding and nurture relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

We encourage everyone to learn more about treaties in Canada by exploring the information we have compiled below, including book lists, resources, and library programs.

In Focus: Treaties Recognition Week

Since 2016, the first week of November has been recognized in Ontario as Treaties Recognition Week. View this NFB selection and learn more about the significance of treaty rights and relationships.

Watch, Listen, and Learn Together 

Watch: Trick or Treaty? (2014), Directed by Alanis Obomsawin



Treaties Recognition Week: Ontario Government

The official government webpage for Treaties Recognition Week. Discover information, resources, and a number of events and activities going on across the province. These include Virtual Living Library events, which provide an opportunity to listen and learn from Indigenous Elders and knowledge keepers as they share their experiences and perspectives around treaties.

Indigenous Voices on Treaties

Watch these videos to hear Indigenous speakers share their knowledge about the importance of treaties, treaty relationships and rights in Ontario. 

Interactive Map of Ontario treaties and reserves

More than 40 treaties and other land agreements cover Ontario. Treaties are legal agreements that set out the rights and responsibilities of First Nations and the provincial and federal governments. Use this tool to learn about the treaties that cover where you live, go to school or work, and find reserves in Ontario. 


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