Indigenous Affairs Minister Greg Rickford says his government is responding to requests to put more information about treaties into the provincial curriculum.

"I think in the education consultations this remains a key component of what we're thinking about," he said, after addressing Beaver Brae students yesterday morning.

The minister was joined by the grand chief at Beaver Brae yesterday, as they talked about the history and the importance of the treaty relationship.

"We're obviously hearing from parents on a number of other important pieces, but I think this is a great opportunity. We're continuing to raise awareness in education, and this is the right thing to do," the minister continued.

Educating future generations about Aboriginal peoples in Canadian history, and the history and legacy of residential schools was part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's final report.

During the morning assembly, Elder Robert Greene of Shoal Lake also shared his understanding of the history, which led up to the signing of Treaty 3. He told students they all used waterways to cross the land before the agreement was reached. However, Greene noted a right-of-way was needed for soldiers crossing the territory to help fight the Northwest Rebellion, gold seekers, settlers using the Dawson Road or railways also required a right of way.

An agreement on terms was reached in 1873, but there continues to be debate about the difference in understanding about those terms, Greene said.

For more information:

Education for Reconciliation (TRC recommendations 62 to 65)

Broncos welcome minister, grand chief

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