Beyond Cultural Differences: Interpreting a Treaty Between the Mi'kmaq and British at Belcher's Farm, 1761

  • Natasha Powers University of Victoria
Keywords: Treaties


It has been argued that the 1761 treaty between the Mi'kmaq and British at Governor Belcher's farm proves that their relationship was a simple one of conqueror and conquered. This paper offers an alternative interpretation of the 1761 treaty. Through the guidance of stories told by women in my family, the paper argues that historic treaty rights must be understood within the context of relationships instead of individual or collective rights. It concludes that stories about how we, as Mi'kmaq, are to relate to one another is central to the project of nationhood.