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Teaching History Summer Institute 2017


The University of Winnipeg, Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba, and Manitoba Education present:

"Why We Are All Treaty People": New Perspectives on Teaching and Learning About Treaties and Treaty Relationships

The 2017 Institute has been postponed until further notice and will be rescheduled, stay tuned!


Draft Program Description

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Selkirk Treaty. The first treaty in western Canada and what would become the province of Manitoba was negotiated between First Nations and Lord Selkirk. Yet the understanding and meaning of this first treaty were later disputed by Anishinabe leaders like Peguis, who challenged settler assumptions that First Nations had "sold" the land. This set the stage for a history of tensions and struggles, the legacies of which endure to the present day.   

The 2017 University of Winnipeg Teaching History Summer Institute explores the Selkirk Treaty as a departure point for examining the nature, meaning, and significance of the historical relationship between Indigenous peoples, settlers, and settler-descendants in light of the treaties, toward conveying to teachers, students, and the public an appreciation and understanding of  Indigenous perspectives on treaty relationships. Insights from Indigenous teachings, oral history, and cutting-edge scholarship will join forces to produce practical and creative strategies for the classroom.  Indigenous perspectives are considered both from the point of view of understanding, historically, Indigenous peoples and from the perspective of contemporary issues, with a regional emphasis. Workshops will engage understandings of treaties and treaty relations, supplemented by a roundtable focusing on the question, "Why are we all treaty people?"  

As part of this partnership, Manitoba Education encourages teachers from 5 to 12 to participate in this valuable learning experience.


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