Upcoming & Past Treaty Simulations

2022

2021

November 2021 | In-person/Online
In partnership with Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences at Trent University

October 2021 | Online
In partnership with GNWT Education

September 2021 | Online
In partnership with Maskwacis Cultural College

July 2021 | Online
In partnership with Dene Nation

Organized in collaboration with the Dene Nation, this event commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Treaty 11 signing. 19 emerging leaders participated from communities across the Dene Nation, including Dehcho, Akaitcho, Gwichin, Tłı̨chǫ, Sahtu and Metis. Advisors with expertise in a variety of areas helped guide the participants. Special guests and leadership joined on the final day when participants presented the Education Chapter and Implementation Plan they negotiated during the simulation.

April 2021 | Online
In partnership with Cree Nation Youth Council

Emerging Indigenous leaders divided into teams representing the Cree Nation Government, the Government of Québec, and the Government of Canada. They negotiated a Mishigamish protected area plan, drawing on the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement (JBNQA). The simulation was organized in partnership with the Cree Nation Youth Council, and was made possible by the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge, which is supported by the RBC Foundation.

March 2021 | Online
In partnership with Land Claims Agreements Coalition & BC Treaty Commission

Emerging Indigenous leaders from across the country were assigned to teams representing the Government of Canada, the Government of the Northwest Territories and an Indigenous Nation. They negotiated an Education Chapter of a Self-Government Agreement, as well as an Implementation Plan. Participants were guided by advisors Frank Dragon (Negotiator, Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h First Nations Financial Fiscal Agreement, Maa-nulth Final Agreement, British Columbia), Robin Bradasch (Associate Vice President, Indigenous Engagement and Partnerships, Yukon University) and John B Zoe (Negotiator, Tłįchǫ Agreement).

Find out more in this CBC North article featuring simulation participant Rayna Vittrekwa and advisor John B Zoe, and listen to emerging Indigenous leader Breanna Smith explain why she was taking part in the simulation and what she learned on the CBC Yukon radio show, Midday Cafe.

February 2021 | Online
In partnership with: Métis Nation of Ontario

“Finding Unity Through Negotiation” saw emerging Métis leaders take part in a Self-Government Simulation. Participants discovered how self-government is negotiated during this simulation — the first held with a Métis community. They were guided by MNO leadership including MNO President Margaret Froh, Director of Self-Government Brian Black, Regional Councilor Mitch Case, PCMNO Youth Representative Jordyn Playne, PCMNO Post-Secondary Representative Hannah Bazinet, and PCMNO Senator Rene Gravelle.

Find out what participants had to say about the experience in this MNO article.

2020

November 2020 | Online
In partnership with Maskwacis Cultural College

Participants had the opportunity to learn from advisors, including Ethel-Blondin Andrew (Former Chair, Chair of Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated and Senior Leader, Indigenous Leadership Initiative), Frank Dragon (Negotiator, Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k’tles7et’h First Nations Financial Fiscal Agreement, Maanulth Final Agreement), Craig Makinaw (Former Chief, Ermineskin Cree Nation), and Ron Lameman (Bilateral Treaty Coordinator, Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations).

October 2020 | In-person/Online | Whitehorse, YT
In partnership with Mapping the Way, Yukon GovernmentYukon First Nation Education Directorate

Following the success of this Educator event, a classroom Treaty Simulation was piloted with Grade 12 students at FH Collins High School in Whitehorse over five days in November and December.

August, 2020 | Online
In partnership with Nisga’a Lisims Government

In teams representing the Nisga’a Nation/Government and federal or provincial governments, participants negotiated and implemented a fictional Wildlife Chapter of a Modern Treaty. They also learned about the Nisga’a Treaty, the history of its negotiations and how it is being implemented today.

February 2020 | In-person | Gatineau, QC
In partnership with Land Claims Agreements Coalition

Over 40 emerging Indigenous leaders attended, representing 20 Indigenous communities from B.C., Quebec, Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut, alongside several advisors. The simulation looked at Chapter 8, Wildlife Harvesting and Management, for a fictitious Modern Treaty. The event would not have been possible without the support of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, Nicol Foundation, and the BC Treaty Commission.

Read more about the second National Treaty Simulation in this Nunatsiaq News Piece.

2019

November 2019 | In-person | Whitehorse, YT
In partnership with: Yukon Implementation Working Group, Mapping the WayRobarts Centre for Canadian Studies

23 emerging Indigenous leaders representing ten Yukon First Nations came together with treaty negotiators, implementation professionals, other advisors, and representatives from the federal and Yukon governments. The simulation looked at a section of Chapter 10, Special Management Areas, for a fictitious Final Agreement. The Government of Canada, the Government of Yukon, Mapping the Way, the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, and York University supported this event.

March 2019 | In-person | Ottawa, ON
In partnership with Land Claims Agreements Coalition

The first Canada-wide Treaty Simulation brought together 17 emerging Indigenous leaders from the Northwest Territories (NWT), Nunavut, Yukon, Quebec, and British Columbia, as well as four well-known Treaty negotiators, several advisors, and representatives of the federal government. The simulation focused on a fictitious First Nation based in NWT. The participants took part in the negotiation and implementation of a Species at Risk section of a Wildlife Harvesting and Management Chapter in a fictitious Modern Treaty. The event was supported by the following the McConnell Foundation, the Government of Canada, the Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research, and Dionne Schulze law firm.

Read More About The First National Treaty Simulation.