The True Spirit and Original Intent of Treaty 7


Author:
Sarah Carter, Dorothy First Rider, Walter Hildebrandt
Grade Levels:
Twelve, College, University
Nation:
Blackfoot, Blood, Peigan, Plains, Siksika
Book Type:
Paperback
Pages:
408
Publisher:
McGill Queen's Press
Copyright Data:
2007

Price:
Sale price$32.95

Description

The True Spirit and Original Intent of Treaty 7 is based on the testimony of over 80 Elders from the five First Nations involved in Treaty 7: the Bloods, Peigans, Siksika, Stoney, and Tsuu T'ina. Their recollections highlight the grave misconceptions and misrepresentations between the two sides, due in part to inadequate interpretation and/or deliberate attempts to mislead. The Elders consistently report that the treaty as they understood it was a peace treaty, not a surrender of land, and that they had agreed to "share" the land with the white newcomers in exchange for resources to establish new economies - education, medical assistance, and annuity payments. The book provides both a historical overview of Treaty 7 and an analysis of the literature on treaties generally and Treaty 7 specifically. It makes clear that different agendas, different languages, and different world views affected each side's interpretation of events. This review of the events and interpretations surrounding Treaty 7 takes place at a time when Aboriginal and Indigenous peoples all over the world are re-evaluating their relationships with imperial powers. It was undertaken in good faith in hopes that it will begin a dialogue that can alter the dominant discourse of Euro-Canadian society, which has been so damaging to Aboriginal peoples.

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