Indigenous Treaty Series 2022


PLEASE NOTE: The series has been rescheduled and these are the new dates. A few spots have become available and registration has reopened. 

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A treaty is a legally binding agreement between nations. European countries colonizing North America made treaties with the Indigenous Peoples occupying the land. These agreements often set out rules of governance, land use and the relationship between parties. What do these treaties mean to the Indigenous communities and how have they been impacted by them? 

There are 46 treaties covering the province of Ontario including three numbered treaties, two Robinson treaties, two Williams treaties and 30 Upper Canada treaties. For too long, Canadians have learned about Treaties with Indigenous communities from a singular, non-Indigenous perspective. The goal of this series is to try to provide a more balanced understanding of Treaties and the Treaty relationship from a local perspective. 

In this series, participants will learn about:

  • Learn about treaties from a local perspective, including the Indigenous communities that are local to London, Ontario and area including Chippewa of the Thames, Munsee-Delaware Nation and Oneida Nation of the Thames (CMO)

  • Understand the impact of treaties on these communities 

  • Understanding treaty responsibilities as a settler sharing these territories 

This series will have a total of three sessions, each focused on the treaties pertaining to each of the three local Indigenous communities:

SESSION 1: October 17
Oneida Nation of the Thames - Al Day
More details to come.

SESSION 2: October 24
 Chippewa of the Thames - Brandon Graham

This presentation will focus on the ongoing histories of the McKee Treaty (1790), the London Township & Sombra Township Treaties (1796), and the Longwoods Treaty (1822). These treaties were signed by the ancestors of the Chippewas of the Thames and continue to hold a great significance in the community to this day. While the first three treaties were signed on behalf of several First Nations and the Crown, the Longwoods Treaty was signed exclusively between the Chippewas of the Thames and the colonial government. The Longwoods Treaty therefore holds a special position within the community and has been studied extensively by the Nation for decades. We look forward to sharing our research findings and perspectives through this speaking engagement!

SESSION 3: October 31
Munsee-Delaware Nation - Sam Whiteye 

More details to come. 

Everyone is welcome to attend. Especially those who want to understand treaty responsibilities as a settler sharing these territories. 


  • Note that this series is taking place online
  • Attendance -This is a 3-part series taking place over the following days - October 17, 24 and 31
  • All three sessions run from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. It is important that you do your best to attend ALL THREE DAYS of the training as they will not be recorded and at this time we do not know if we will run the series again. 
  • Active Listening - Come prepared to listen and learn
  • The series is NOT being recorded

Questions for the presenters?
Do you have any specific questions for the Indigenous Knowledge Keepers? Please email them to ahead of time 

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Munsee-Delaware Nation: Sam Whiteye 


Oneida Nation: Al Day 


Chippewa Nation: Brandon Graham

Brandon Graham is the Treaty Research Coordinator with the Treaties, Lands & Environment Department at the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. He has worked with the Nation’s Treaty Research Team since 2017. The research he conducts focuses on the history of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, with a focus on the development of specific claims.  

Brandon received a Digital Knowledge Sharing Fellowship from the American Philosophical Society in 2019, and the McWatter’s Visiting Fellowship from the Queen’s University Archive in 2020. These fellowship projects focused on building the Chippewas of the Thames’ digital research collection and helped to gather materials relevant to the Nation’s ongoing claims.

Before beginning his career with the Chippewas of the Thames, Brandon studied philosophy and religion at Western University and theology at the University of Toronto, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Theological Studies degree, respectively.

Brandon is honored to represent the Chippewas of the Thames through his work, and through participating in conferences and speaking engagement. Brandon would like to thank all audience members and participants for their time, and for their interest in treaty research.

-----------THANK YOU----------

Thank you to the following individuals who make up our Indigenous Advisory Committee and provided the Indigenous guidance and support to help design these learning opportunities. 

Joe Antone, Mary Alikakos, Frances Elizabeth Moore and Alizabeth George-Antone.

And a special thank you to Sam Whiteye who is also a part of our Indigenous Advisory Committee in addition for her role in helping us coordinate the series. 

Thank you to TD for supporting this series. 

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