Honouring the Treaties
Robinson and Numbered Treaties all included annuities
Annuities were intended as a livelihood support
Who we are
The Modernized Annuity Working Group (MAWG) models the importance of settlers and first people working together for a shared understanding of Indigenous issues that affect our families, our communities and our country.
MAWG is mandated to:
Assist Canadians—Indigenous and non-Indigenous— in developing a shared understanding of federal Indigenous policy and the impact it has on Indigenous people. Working from a common understanding, we can work together in an informed and respectful manner towards a new relationship.
Examine the implications, consequences and practicalities of a modernized annuity as a means of empowering First Nations individuals, families and communities to construct a policy road map to be shared with Canadians.
Encourage Canadians to understand the issues around a modernized annuity so that, together, we can have an informed discussion about whether modernized annuities is a workable idea, and if so, how best to make it a reality.
Establish a national forum for ongoing respectful dialogue that integrates a broad spectrum of voices and perspectives.
MAWG’s mission is to explore modernizing treaty annuities as a means of empowering First Nations families by honouring the intent of the Treaties to share the land,
in the spirit of reconciliation.