We began with this project with one question in mind: “What does it mean to be a treaty person?” The first thing we did was watch the following video that was created by the Horizon School Division in Northern Saskatchewan, as recommended by Dr. Alec Couros of the University of Regina.
Then we decided to create our own video. We deliberately tried to keep our video simple and representative of what we knew at the beginning of our project. The essential messages we took away from the Horizon video were:
1. Being Canadian means being a treaty person. (We are all treaty people.) In Saskatchewan, the entire province is covered by treaties. We discussed that even in provinces where treaties have not been signed, many treaty negotiations are on-going therefore we are all treaty people, as Canadians.
2. Further to this last point, as we are all treaty people, it does not require having an Indian Status card.
3. Once signed, the treaties were intended to last “as long as the sun shines, the grass grows, and the river flows,” …forever. Therefore we are treaty people until the end of time.
Here is the video that we created:
This video required one iPad to create with the iMovie app.