TREATY TALK SYNOPSIS

Treaty Talk - Sharing the River of Life is a 50 minute teaching tool to better understand our collective responsibility to treaty. The purpose of this video is to build understanding, allyship and bridges for better relationship and work together. This film, through the sharing of a traditional Cree understanding on natural law and treaty, will explore and model how Indigenous nations and non-Indigenous allies in Canada can come together to transform racism and discrimination at a local and systemic level and to build a future of mutual benefit.

What is this video about?

This video combines 25 minutes of a tipi talk teaching and circle as well as 25 minutes of local story telling. The issues explored in this film are local to Treaty 6 Territory, specifically Saddle Lake Cree Nation and St. Paul, Alberta, but they are familiar experiences and lessons that many across Canada will resonate with. Whether you live in a numbered treaty territory or not, we invite you to reflect on the lessons of this film, an understanding of treaty, and the call to action.

We encourage people to watch this with others and to find opportunities to discuss the film afterwards (see the study guide for supporting resources for groups). What is a lesson you learned from Treaty Talk - Sharing the River of life? What is one thing you want to do in response to watching this video? Share your review or ideas with us at the links below and we will share some of those on this website.

Thank-you, Ay. Ay.

- Pat Makokis (Producer) & Brad Leitch (Director)

This website was created by Brad Leitch and made possible by the generous donations of 

Roger Epp & Ronda Harder Epp, Patricia Makokis, TJ & Darren Skalski & Zarowny Motors, and the Health Science Association of Alberta

Treaty Talk - Sharing the River of Life was produced by financial contributions from:

Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta

City of Edmonton

Mennonite Church Canada - Indigenous Relations

Esther Johnson

Treaty Walk - A Journey for Common Ground was produced by financial contributions

from the Health Science Association of Alberta

We are so grateful for your support.