This week’s research quest consisted of either finding out more information about Treaty Day that is held on October 1st of every year, or we had the choice of researching Two Eyed Seeing + Dr. Alberta Marshall + Dr. Cheryl Bartlett. For me I chose something that is near and dear to my hear which is looking into more about Treaty Day.
Treaty Day is a day for Mi’kmaq First Nations all around the province get together to celebrate on October 1st every year. In doing this they celebrate the recognition of the treaties being signed between the British Empire and the First Nations. This day is very important to First Nations people all over the province and I know this on a personal experience, I have very close friends who are First Nations that enlighten me on how important Treaty day is to their beliefs, Other than Pow Wows , Treaty day is another day that everyone gets together to celebrate and gift give.
In 1986, the then Grand Chief Donald Marshall Sr. proclaimed every October 1st as Treaty Day. It commemorates the key role of treaties in the relationship between the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq and the Crown. The annual ceremony reaffirms the historic presence of the Mi’kmaq who have occupied the land for thousands of years. The Mi’kmaq Nation and the crown also exchange gifts to mark each October 1st.
The Treaty tried to make all the problems go away but it didn’t always work. The chief welcomed the newcomers with open arms, but they thought the Mi’kmaq culture was silly and foolish. But now in the future they’ve learned to respect the First Nations People. Today we have museums to remind us about the Mi’kmaq and Europeans.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPQQ54v2Wl0 – just a sneak peak into Treaty Day 2014
Resources used : http://mikmaqhistorymonth.com/treaty-day/
BEYOND THE TEXT
During this week’s class we had the honor of listening to Dr. Julian come in to our class and telling us sooo many interesting stories and having him answer all of our questions about Idle No More, as well as missing aboriginal woman. Some of the things that interested me the most was that in the last 11 years Mi’kmaq and the government have been discussing what rights/titles Mi’kmaq have in Canada, but what is really shocking 40 % still speak Mi’kmaq and 60 % do not, The reason being is that during Residential schools the First Nations were assimilated not to speak there language but rather to speak English.