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Fruitful discussions at the Robinson-Huron Treaty Panel

On Tuesday, October 23rd, the University of Sudbury hosted the Robinson-Huron Treaty (RHT) Panel. “We wanted to host this event because it is a very timely and relevant discussion as the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850 decision will be announced in December 2018. We hoped that this panel discussion would help to inform our students and community of the importance and rich history of the Treaty for people living, working and studying in N’Swakamok and the rest of the treaty area. The University of Sudbury was honoured to provide a venue for a fruitful discussion about the impacts a 168-year-old treaty can have on our lives today” explained Sarah Rice, Director of the Indigenous Portfolio at the University of Sudbury.

The Panel was moderated by Dr. Brock Pitawanakwat (Chair of the Indigenous Studies Department, University of Sudbury), and was comprised of three well-respected guest speakers who discussed the case from their unique points of view: the traditional/historic perspective, the RHT Trust perspective (that prompted the case), as well as the legal perspective. They were Elder Art Petahtegoose, a member of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek and a retired professor, who specializes in Anishnawbek culture; the Honourable Stephen O’Neill who has dedicated his career to working as a judge in Northern Ontario and to working in private practice for First Nations; and Mike Restoule, a citizen of Nipissing First Nation, who served on the Nipissing First Nation Council for 17 years and is currently the Chair of the Robinson-Huron Treaty Litigation Trust Fund having been appointed by the members of the Trust in 2010.

2018 10 23 RHT panel 
Left to right: The Honourable Stephen O’Neill, Dr. Brock Pitawanakwat, Sarah Rice,
Elder Art Petahtegoose, and Mike Restoule

 

Click the video below to view more of the panel discussion.

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