Readings for Treaty People

Readings for Treaty People: Indian Act – Fall 2018

Please click here for details of a reading series Jocelyn Parr and Richard Cassidy are co-facilitating in the Library’s main-floor reading room from October 18 through November 22, 2018 —  five Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00.

This is the second session of “Readings for Treaty People,” a public education project designed for settlers but open always to anyone. This session will focus on the several iterations of the Indian Act. First legislated in 1876, its many amendments have governed the lives of First Nations people across Canada in a myriad of ways, replacing traditional forms of indigenous leadership with band council and Indian Status systems, banning traditional indigenous practices, and imposing such forms of control upon Indigenous peoples as the residential school and pass systems.

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Treaty Reading Group – Spring 2018

Jocelyn Parr and Richard Cassidy co-facilitated a Thursday evening treaty reading series in the Library’s main-floor reading room from April 5 through May 10, 2018 —  six consecutive Thursday evenings.

There were introductory reading and discussion of five treaties, each of which captures an era in treaty-making, from the earliest treaties prior to contact to those negotiated at the end of the 20th century. Each meeting will be devoted to reading one treaty (some are very short) alongside contextualizing materials by contemporary Indigenous scholars. Experts occasionally spoke to the group about the wider context of these documents and histories.

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