Treaty Promises” explores historical and modern treaty-making between the Crown and Indigenous Peoples and the land-governance systems in territories where treaties have not been made or are in the process of being negotiated.
This highlights that treaties are about relationships, profiles the political landscapes within which they arose and looks at treaty interpretation and implementation, shining a light on the contentious concepts of “cede” and “surrender.”
The videos show how non-Indigenous people benefit from treaties, and highlight the role of Indigenous law, which preceded Canadian and provincial laws and continues to be part of Indigenous land governance today.
The video series is rooted in interviews with Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars and activists.
It concludes by looking at means by which all of us can and must advance actions to ensure that Indigenous rights and responsibilities are upheld in land and water governance.