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Treaty Words: For As Long As the Rivers Flow

Treaty Words: For As Long As the Rivers Flow

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by Aimée Craft & Luke Swinson (Illustrator)

The first treaty that was made was between the earth and the sky. It was an agreement to work together. We build all of our treaties on that original treaty.

On the banks of the river that have been Mishomis’s home his whole life, he teaches his granddaughter to listen—to hear both the sounds and the silences, and so to learn her place in Creation. Most importantly, he teaches her about treaties—the bonds of reciprocity and renewal that endure for as long as the sun shines, the grass grows, and the rivers flow.

Accompanied by illustrations by Luke Swinson and an author’s note at the end, Aimée Craft communicates the importance of understanding an Indigenous perspective on treaties.


I am an academic, lawyer, artist and change-maker. My work is Indigenous and inter-disciplinary at its core, as are each of my collaborators.  I let myself be guided by what life has to offer and by the people and places that inspire me, including my home in Treaty One territory.  Whether it be through public talks, written word or video, my message is consistent: respect the treaties, love the water and stand up for justice.

Associate Professor Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

University Research Chair Nibi miinawaa aki inaakonigewin: Indigenous governance in relationship with land and water.