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Mushkegowuk Council: In Recognition and Support of Ontario’s Treaty Recognition Week

Press Release

Mushkegowuk Council (November 7, 2023) – In recognition and support of Ontario’s Treaty Recognition Week, Mushkegowuk Council’s Grand Chief Leo Friday, Deputy Grand Chiefs Natasha Martin and Amos Wesley encourages all citizens and governments within the Treaty 9 area and Ontario to learn more, respect and honour the Real Treaty No. 9 (The James Bay Treaty.)

From decades of research, preserving and promoting, a considerable amount of information on The Real Treaty No. 9, As Orally Agreed-to, exists on file and is available on the Omushkego Education website. Our on-going efforts to preserve and promote what we understood and agreed to in our Treaty Agreement, our Nation Rebuilding Initiative will be hosting a Youth Treaty Conference on November 21-23, 2023 in Timmins, ON.

“We hope that most of the schools in Ontario will take a bit of time this week or throughout the academic year to provide some treaty awareness for the students and educators”

Deputy Grand Chief Amos Wesley

“Ontario and Canada must come to the table to honour and implement the Real Treaty No. 9. Building relationships within our Treaty should be a priority with our partners. Indigenous lives, communities, and economies would be much healthier”

Deputy Grand Chief Natasha Martin

“Since signing the sacred Real Treaty Agreement, our Treaty Nations continue to uphold their treaty agreement responsibilities by sharing their homelands. Everyday our communities are faced with major human rights issues in health care, housing, clean water, justice and so on, and it shouldn’t be like this. I will use Treaty Recognition Week to call on the governments of Ontario and Canada to take the Treaty Recognition week further by creating Treaty Implementation tables with us,”

Grand Chief Leo Friday

Additional information can be requested from:

Walter Leo Friday
Grand Chief


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