The province, Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey and Millbrook First Nation have renewed a memorandum of understanding creating a partnership to teach treaty education to children in all Nova Scotia schools.
The agreement commits the three partners to teach treaty education in all classrooms and grades and ensures Nova Scotians and the civil service benefit from education about the treaty relationship. It continues the agreement signed on Oct. 1, 2015 that had a five-year lifespan. The new memorandum has no end date.
“Treaty education is an important way of increasing cultural awareness and understanding in our province,” said Premier Stephen McNeil, who is also the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. “I am pleased that this agreement will continue as part of our commitment to educating Nova Scotians on Mi’kmaw treaty rights and our shared history.”
Treaty education helps to answer the following questions:
— who are the Mi’kmaq, historically and today?
— what are the treaties and why are they important?
— what has happened to the treaty relationship?
— how can we promote reconciliation?
The partnership focuses on creating a greater understanding of our shared history, Mi’kmaw and inherent Aboriginal rights, the peace and friendship treaties as historical and living agreements, and the importance of strengthening the relationships between Mi’kmaq and all people of Nova Scotia.