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Treaty Words

A middle-grade book by Treaty Words by Aimée Craft, illustrated by Luke Swinson.

Aimée Craft, illustrated by Luke Swinson

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 beautiful illustrations by Luke Swinson and an author's note at the end, Aimée Craft affirms the importance of understanding an Indigenous perspective on treaties in this evocative book that is essential for readers of all ages. (From Annick Press)

Aimée Craft is an Indigenous lawyer and author from Treaty 1 territory in Manitoba.

Luke Swinson is a visual artist with Anishinaabe roots from Kitchener, Ont.

From the book

An interior page from the book Treaty Words by Aimée Craft, illustrated by Luke Swinson. (Annick Press)
An interior page from the book Treaty Words by Aimée Craft, illustrated by Luke Swinson. (Annick Press)

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