The land that is now known as Canada was already occupied when Europeans came to live here. As a peaceful, negotiated and mutually agreed upon way of resolving the situation, both First Nations and the British, then later, Canadian governments chose to enter into Treaties. Treaties are solemn agreements that are sacred, made between sovereign nations.
Although the law recognizes that Treaty rights are enforceable rights, implementing the Treaties has been a difficult and complex task. To help better understand the importance of Treaties, this issue of The PLEA examines Treaties and their relationship with Canadian law.