Land Agreements

Welcome to Land Agreements

This module provides an opportunity to learn about Métis scrip, Inuit land agreements and nation-to-nation treaty relationships, which is vital in understanding how to honour and respect the agreements. These land agreements are explored within the historical context and understanding from Indigenous peoples perspective, and the implications they have for the Indigenous peoples of Canada.

Honouring Agreements

Treaty promises, land claims and rights have been in dispute between Indigenous peoples and the government since soon after the newcomers arrived. You will examine more in-depth all of the agreements, or understandings-oral, historical, current (economic, social, judicial, governmental, etc.) that exist or are supposed to exist between Indigenous peoples and newcomers. This discussion moves far beyond the written interpretation of particular land agreements, to a reflection, and hopefully, re-envisioning of the relationships between Indigenous peoples and newcomers.

In this module, you will learn about:

  • relationships between Indigenous peoples and the land, and
  • how these relationships factor into treaty agreements, land claims and rights with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Canada.

By the end of this module, you should have a(n):

  • solid understanding of treaties in Saskatchewan, as oral, written, historical, and contemporary covenants,
  • understanding of the purpose for, and implementation of, Métis scrip,
  • ability to articulate the general process by which Nunavat was founded and the benefits to the Inuit peoples, and
  • ability to see land from two or more world views as a means of better understanding the spirit and intent of land agreements on behalf of Canadian Indigenous peoples.