The country called Canada exists because Indigenous peoples agreed to share their traditional territories for peaceful settlement in exchange for promises that were to be in force "as long as the sun rises in the east."
During Treaties Recognition week, join Maurice Switzer, a noted expert on the treaty relationship between First Nations and the Canadian government and Rebecca Seiling, MCC Ontario’s Indigenous Neighbours Engagement Associate to discuss the history of treaties and the ongoing impact of those treaties on First Nations.
Maurice Switzer, Bnesi, is a citizen of the Mississaugas of Alderville First Nation. He has served as the publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press, communications director for the Assembly of First Nations and Union of Ontario Indians, adjunct professor in the Indigenous Studies faculty of the University of Sudbury, and member of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. He lives in North Bay, where he is a member of the Nipissing University Indigenous Council on Education, the board of the North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre, and the congregation of the Sons of Jacob synagogue.