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.

  • Suzanne MacDonald

    Basel, you have great insight and leadership skills. You are an inspiration to us all and the future of this country is brighter because you and your family is here.
    14/06/2018 6:17:12 PM

  • Dale MacInnis

    Great work Bassel.
    14/06/2018 12:35:15 PM

  • prakash

    Well done, Basel!
    14/06/2018 10:09:41 AM

  • Moutaz

    Basel, wish you all the best
    13/06/2018 11:30:20 PM

  • Ahmed Elmoslemany

    Well done Basel
    13/06/2018 5:05:53 PM

  • Henry Pursey

    Great video, good luck
    13/06/2018 11:29:11 AM

  • Derek

    Great Job!
    13/06/2018 7:07:15 AM

  • Maha Ghiz

    Respect is due to all the people who are part of and who contributed to the making of the Canadiann culture today.
    13/06/2018 5:21:48 AM

  • Earlene

    Well done Basel. You did a great job of comparing your experience while telling the story of the Mi’kmaq.
    13/06/2018 4:43:22 AM

  • Talal

    Very good Bassil,I wish you the best always,God bless you.
    13/06/2018 1:17:31 AM

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