Honouring our Treaty Relationship: Learnings from Amy Seesequasis

On April 13, we had the privilege of hosting Amy Seesequasis, Treaty Relations Consultant, as part of our series aiming to bridge knowledge for equitable food systems.

With her expertise, we delved into the history and impact of Treaties in Canada, exploring why these agreements were necessary, how they were breached, and what this means for Indigenous and settler communities moving forward.

From the factors that led to the need for treaties to the systemic disregard for their terms, Amy helped us understand the implications of the creation and aftermath of these treaties and provided guidance on how we can do to move forward in a positive way.

As we work to advance food systems that honour Indigenous rights and promote reconciliation, it's essential that we understand the historical and ongoing impacts of Treaties on Indigenous communities.

We invite you to learn more by watching Amy's full presentation, below:

The Treaty Land Sharing Network

In her presentation, Amy shares guidance on how settlers and Indigenous peoples can move forward from Treaty breaches. In doing so, she highlights the work of the Treaty Land Sharing Network

The Treaty Land Sharing Network is a group of farmers, ranchers, and other landholders who reached out to Indigenous community workers to begin the crucial work of honouring Treaties. The Network aims to ensure Indigenous peoples can access land to practice their Treaty rights.

  • If you are interested in sharing the land that you farm or ranch with Indigenous land users through the Treaty Land Sharing Network, please click here.

  • If you would like to access land for gathering plants and medicines, hunting, and ceremony, please click here

Amy Seesequasis

Amy is a Cree with Métis lineage from Beardy's and Okamasis Cree Nation in Treaty 6 Territory. With over a decade of experience as a Treaty content specialist, Amy provides consultation and education on Treaties, Indigenous peoples, and reconciliation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies and has worked for various organizations, including the Correctional Service of Canada and the University of Saskatchewan. Amy is also the General Manager of Creeland Dancers, a grassroots movement coordinator, and a mother. She currently works as an online instructor and curriculum developer, and feels she has come full circle, providing educational opportunities at the institution where her educational career began. Learn more about Amy here.