What does it mean to be a Treaty Person? People often wonder what this means and the answers are always different. People tend to believe that to be a Treaty Person you must be First Nations but this is not that case. You are a Treaty Person if you are born on treaty land. This is not to be mistaken to be with Indian Status which refers to the legal identity of a First Nations person referring to their ethnicity. So by definition most of Canadian people are Treaty People even if they realize it or not.
The first step to understanding you are a Treaty Person is knowing the definition as stated before. When you start to consider yourself as a Treaty Person you begin to have a different idea of what it means. You realize that Treaty People are not all First Nations people but people of many ethnicities all across Canada. You are apart of a much larger community then it may appear at first. Being considered as a settler on Canadian/Treaty land you are a Treaty Person. This community should be viewed as a way to unite many people rather then separating us a part by race. Without unity this opens up problems such as racism because of the lack of acceptance. Peoples ignorance of other cultures and races is a main cause of racism so unifying people as Treaty People is a way to eliminate part of this problem. We as a whole must work together to break down these barriers amongst ourselves.
There is nothing wrong with being a Treaty Person or knowing what it is so you have to be courageous and inquire about it. In Singleton & Hays Guidelines for Courageous Conversation states, “A courageous conversation requires that participants be honest about their thoughts, feelings, and opinions.” Even if you have a hard time dealing with this you have a right to speak your mind and express your thoughts. Accepting the right to call yourself a Treaty Person should be a good thing and not something you should consider a burden or be ashamed of. Because of these reasons is why we should all come to understand that we are all Treaty People