Gila River Nation, Arizona
I’m here, being incredibly busy, working on the design team for the Food and Society 2008 conference for the WK Kellog Foundation. More about that soon.
On the way down here I was listening to a podcast of an addres by our former Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson that was produced for CBC Ideas (
and which you can download for yourself here – mp3 podcast no longer available). In it she talks about how aware people about the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. She tells the story of looking a room full of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people on thepraries somewhere and asking who in the rom are treaty people. All of the Treaty Frist Nations people raise their hands, but no one else. THe next question is obvious. If it is just First Nations people who are treaty people, who did they make the treaties with?
As a Canadian, do you think of yourself as a treaty person, or has it truthfully never entered your mind? What do you think your rights and obligations are under the terms of the treaties Canada has signed with First Nations?