Queen Anne

One Story from the 1850 Robinson Superior Treaty
(Related from Tony McGuire)

"What makes this so powerful is it is real."

The Story of Queen Anne is an amalgamation of events that comes from a hidden oral tradition kept alive through multiple families in the Lake Nipigon Area.  It features multiple female elders who are speaking to men who will go represent them at the 1850 Robinson Superior Treaty as they are not allowed to go.

The British maintained an earlier Biblical tradition that women were the exclusive possession of men and therefore could not sign contracts or engage in Tort laws of any kind, it annoyed them to no end that Anishinawbek women were in fact the leaders they had to talk to.

They would immediately begin spreading their traditions of patriarchy against these traditions splitting the communities against each other.  It is against this backdrop that we have created a powerful tool not only for indigenous men and women to learn from but for non-indigenous peoples to realize there are in fact earlier traditions that have played a role in the sudden urge of European peoples to implement equality of lands, women and thought.

Men can learn the role of their women historically and recognize that they have a role to play in recreating these roles and defending them; what is so powerful is that unlike in the European system, the indigenous roles co-exist together.  Patriarchy is not to be replaced with a matriarchy but simply with the shared ideas of both sexes in league with other more ancient roles to be discussed in other videos.

Points of Discussion for Teachers and Educators

  • Man Speaking English

    We had speakers within our communities who knew English.  We did not walk into these discussions unprepared.

  • Elder Women

    While popular media and historical sources sometimes push a male-centric approach to leadership, women in fact in the majority of tribes were involved with all the affairs of the people.

  • Female Child

    Women were trained from birth, (as well as men,) for their roles in the community.

  • 1850 Signing

    Women would have had to send men on their behalf to sign the treaties indicating a powerful, made at home tradition, of women contributing to the creation of Canada leading to 1919 when white women would get suffrage and the legal right to vote and officially become humans in law.

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