Treaties Recognition Week

In 2016, Ontario passed the first legislation of its kind in Canada declaring the first 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 also represents one of many steps on Ontario’s journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Launched in 2016 in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action to increase treaty awareness, it provides students and the public with an important opportunity to learn why treaties matter to all Ontarians.

Each year, Ontario hosts events to promote understanding around treaty rights, treaty relationships and their relevance today.

Virtual Living Library events

Virtual Living Library events provide an opportunity for you to listen and learn from Indigenous Elders and knowledge keepers as they share their experience and perspectives around treaties.

Each year, Ontario hosts a series of Living Library events during Treaties Recognition Week.

Teaching and learning resources

Listen to what students say they learn from Treaties Recognition Week

Updated: November 16, 2021
Published: October 19, 2021