Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Basel Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Fair address: Prince Edward Island Provincial Fair

Project: As Long as the Sun and Moon Shall Endure I Am a Treaty Person

In 8 months I will become a proud citizen of this country. At my citizenship ceremony I will swear “to faithfully observe the laws of Canada including treaties with Indigenous Peoples”. I live on the traditional and unceded territory of the Abegweit First Nation. I want Canada to be the best country it can be. To achieve this we must all practice respect for the agreements between indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

In my opinion the ongoing failure of non-indigenous Canadians to respect treaties gave non-indigenous Canadians a false sense of cultural superiority in relation to indigenous peoples and indigenous peoples’ cultures. As for indigenous Canadians, the failure of non-indigenous Canadians to respect treaties damaged indigenous cultures, languages, families and people. I am inspired by the fact that Mi’kmaq culture, language, families and people survive and thrive today. I want to be the best Treaty Person I can be!

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I discovered that the Maritimes is in a unique position in Canada. Because the Mi’kmaq never ceded their land, we Maritimers are in a great position to start practicing reconciliation and respect through how we as treaty people negotiate land claims. WE ARE ALL TREATY PEOPLE!

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

Since arriving in Canada my family and culture have been treated with respect. The same can not be said about the families and cultures of indigenous-Canadians. Respecting treaty obligations is an important step for all Canadians to take.

  • Rubi Morgan

    What a refreshing thing to see! Great job Basel!!
    29/06/2018 2:12:05 PM

  • Rocío McCallum

    Excellent work on such a relevant topic.Good job Basel!
    21/06/2018 1:23:19 PM

  • Nancy Clement

    Basel, thank you for your thoughtful research and video. You inspire us all to be our best selves!
    20/06/2018 3:58:46 PM

  • Suna Houghton

    Excellent work on one of the most important topics, Basel. Well done!
    20/06/2018 10:58:14 AM

  • Lorraine Buell

    Great job Basel, very inspiring and educational. Wishing you all the best.
    19/06/2018 11:21:53 AM

  • Valerie Downe

    Well done Basel! We are lucky to have you on PEI!
    18/06/2018 7:58:02 PM

  • Vicki Whitlock

    Excellent job, Basel!
    18/06/2018 3:47:43 PM

  • Brenda

    Basel, you are an inspiration! PEI is lucky to have you.
    18/06/2018 8:43:47 AM

  • Kelly from Ontario

    Your project amazes me. For such a young man, you have a true grip on setting things right. You inspire me.
    17/06/2018 10:58:27 PM

  • Mohammad alrashdan

    Excellent basil
    16/06/2018 5:39:49 AM

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