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.
MAWG is a special committee of the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, a non-partisan think tank based in Winnipeg and Calgary. MAWG is funded by the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation of Vancouver, BC.
MAWG is building on the earlier work of the Treaty Annuity Working Group (TAWG), a special committee of the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, 2002-2005.