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Historical Indian Treaties

Composite image of map showing the location of Indian treaties with small inset map of the treaties in OntarioHISTORICAL INDIAN TREATIES describes the history of Canadian and Aboriginal relations in terms of political agreements called treaties. These treaties varied in purpose and scope depending upon the circumstances and objectives of the parties making them. The early treaties were made for peace, trade, alliance, neutrality and for military support. As European settlement grew, treaties were made to establish relations for peaceful coexistence, and to acquire Aboriginal lands and resources. After Confederation, the treaty-making process became more complex and difficult to negotiate as the Government of Canada sought to build its new country.

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