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Treaty Elders of Saskatchewan: Our Dream Is That Our Peoples Will One Day Be Clearly Recognized as Nations

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Harold Cardinal
Walter Hildebrandt
978-1-55238-465-7 (Institutional PDF)
$24.95 CAD / $28.95 USD
94 pages
58 color images, 37 b/w images, 1 map, glossary of terms, bibliography
March 2000


About the Book: 

"It is my hope, and the hope of the Office of the Treaty Commissioner, that this publication can help provide the historical context needed to intelligently and respectfully forge new relations between First Nations people and non-Aboriginal people in the province of Saskatchewan. It has already done so, in part, by facilitating the work of our office in bringing together the parties of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and Canada to reach common understandings and to use the Treaties as a bridge from the past to the future ... so that we can learn from the past and work together towards a future built on co-operation and mutual respect." Judge David M. Arnot, Treaty Commissioner for Saskatchewan

"We were told that these treaties were to last forever. The government and the government officials, the Commissioner, told us that, as long as the grass grows, and the sun rises from the east and sets in the west, and the river flows, these treaties will last." Treaty 6 Elder Alma Kytwayhat

"We say its our Father; the White man says "our Father" in his language, so from there we should understand that he becomes our brother and we have to live harmoniously with him. There should not be any conflict, we must uphold the word witaskewin, which means to live in peace and harmony with one another." Elder Jacob Bill

About the Author(s): 

Harold Cardinal is author of The Unjust Society: The Tragedy of Canadas Indians.

Walter Hildebrandt is a poet and historian and co-author ofThe True Spirit and Original Intent of Treaty 7.