MineConnect’s Board of Directors and staff recently undertook an Indigenous Relations training course with our new Board member, Randi Ray PhD of Miikana Consulting, to better understand Canada’s colonial history so that we can help foster understanding and learn wise practices in creating strong partnerships which will help to move the sector forward together – in a mutually beneficial way.
In 2016, Ontario passed the first legislation of its kind in Canada declaring the first full week of November as Treaties Recognition Week.
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.
Treaties Recognition Week represents one of many steps on Ontario’s journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. The week was launched in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action (PDF) to increase treaty awareness and provide students and the public with an important opportunity to learn why treaties matter.