Treaty 4 Next Generation Art Unveiled

Treaty 4 Next Generation Art Unveiled

The culmination of all the Treaty 4: The Next Generationwork by students at Balfour, Campbell, Martin and Scott Collegiates was unveiled on June 11 at the official unveiling of The Next Generation/La prochaine génération.

The art work by artist Ray Keighley who worked with students, teachers and educational partners was proudly unveiled at a ceremony at Campbell Collegiate. The artwork will travel to a number of occasions and will serve as a legacy of this ground-breaking Regina Public Schools project in the understanding of Treaty 4. Read more about the unveiling and watch a video by the Regina Leader-Post here. 

Ici Radio-Canada also covered the event. View the video here.

The artwork was made during the Treaty 4: The Next Generation conference held on April 28 and 29. On those two days,

250 students from Balfour, Campbell, Martin, and Scott Collegiates participated in Treaty 4: The Next Generation Project Youth Conference. The    First    Nations University of Canada was buzzing with activity as students explored Treaty citizenship through a variety of sessions and activities.

Naomi Fortier‐Fréçon, Campbell Social Sciences teacher, and Leia Laing, Art and French  teacher, were looking for a different way to teach Treaty 4 rights and wanted to make their students realize the impact those rights have on their future roles as residents of Saskatchewan. Fréçon and Laing started organizing the conference in October, and in January, they received a $10,000 TreatySmarts     grant     from     the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

When interviewed by a Leader‐Post reporter, Fréçon said, “Treaty rights is a really hard concept for students to understand. They think it’s something from the past, and they think we should just move on.” She hoped that the conference would reinforce inclusive viewpoints about Saskatchewan’s history and promote the development of student ideas and actions of what Treaty citizenship could be.

For months, students prepared for the conference, discussing Treaty 4 topics in class and working on their art skills. In her Leader‐Post interview, Mme Fréçon explained that her students may be in future positions that shape public policy and law in the province, so it is necessary for them to reflect on the importance of Treaty 4 rights in our society.

At the youth forum, a mixture of First Nations, non‐Aboriginal, English and French‐speaking students explored the role of Treaty 4 in their generation. Elder Sylvia Obey opened the conference with a prayer, and Cadmus Delorme followed with the keynote address. Students enjoyed a performance by

Brad Bellegarde before attending break‐out sessions on a variety of topics, including “Learning Cree through   traditional song,”   “Spirit and Intent: Legal Interpretation and Language Interpretation,” and “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.”

Based on their learning experiences in the classroom preparing for the conference and the workshops they attended   the   first   day,   students were asked to imagine what ideal Treaty 4 citizenship could look like.

On day two of the youth forum, they collaborated with renowned artist Ray Keighley, working on a large‐ scale art piece inspired by the question of “ideal Treaty citizenship.”

Treaty 4: The Next Generation Project was a learning experience for students and teachers alike, and Fréçon and Laing said, “It is our hope this project has allowed students to imagine a better world and actively create the province in which they want to live.”

‐ Submitted by Erin McLeod, French Immersion LRT, Campbell

Read even more details on the Treaty 4: The Next Generation Blog here.