Assembly of First Nations Congratulates the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba on Historic Treaty Education Initiative to be taught in Manitoba schools

OTTAWA, Sept. 27, 2011 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo today stated his support for new teaching materials and resources on Treaties and Treaty Relationships created by the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba in collaboration with three Manitoba First Nations Organizations and the federal government.

"I fully support this effort as it will help ensure Canadians learn about and understand First Nations and the history of the relationship between our people and Canada," said AFN National Chief Atleo. "I encourage all schools across Canada, whether First Nations or provincial, to look at these materials and resources and use them as a national teaching tool for K-12 students. This country was built on Treaties and we have made Treaties and Treaty Rights one of our main priorities here at the AFN. These materials will help Canadians understand that we are all Treaty People."

The Treaty Education Initiative pilot project was tested last year for grades 5 and 6 in eleven different schools across Manitoba and was a success in urban, rural, on reserve, and off reserve schools. The Treaty Education Initiative has three objectives:

  • Increase the knowledge and understanding of the Treaties and the Treaty Relationship among all students;
  • Ensure students understand the impact of the  Treaties and the Treaty Relationship on the creation of Manitoba;
  • Build bridges between all peoples in order to strengthen Canadian society and prosperity.

National Chief Atleo stated: "I had the honor last week of participating in the seventh Treaty Gathering of the 1-11 Treaty Nations.  One of the main themes at this event was the importance of educating First Nations and Canadians on the importance of the Treaties. Ensuring this information is taught in the classroom will help everyone understand the mutual rights and obligations of all people in Canada."

The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.


For further information:

Don Kelly, Assembly of First Nations A/Communications Director
613-241-6789 ext. 334 or cell: 613-292-2787 or email

Jenna Young, Assembly of First Nations Communications Officer
613-241-6789, ext 401 or cell: 613-314-8157 or email

Alain Garon, Assembly of First Nations Bilingual Communications Officer
613-241-6789, ext 382 or cell: 613-2920857 or email

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