Treaties Recognition Week

Treaties Recognition Week

Map of Ontario Treaties and agreements. Accessed from the Ontario Government website

Treaties Recognition week begins on the first Sunday in November of each year. To contribute to the broader goals of education, reflection, and action, the Office of Indigenous Relations hosts a series of events, and learning opportunities each year during the week.

These events and engagement opportunities are the start of what we hope will be ongoing learning about where we live and work, and the importance of treaty rights and relationships. 

First Nations were the original occupants of this land we now call Ontario. With goals of mutually beneficial advantages, the British Crown (government) and First Nations negotiated and signed treaties. Ontario is covered by 46 treaties and other agreements (see this infographic (PDF) for a quick overview).

In 2016 Ontario passed legislation proclaiming the first week of November as Treaties Recognition Week. This is part of the Ontario government’s work to rebuild trust and relationships with Treaty partners and First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples. This includes educating Ontarians about the role Treaties play in our lives and relationships today. The Indigenous Education Office in The Ministry of Colleges and Universities supports post-secondary institutions in recognizing the importance of this week.   

Additional Resources for Treaties Recognition Week