Treaty as Sacred Covenant Storytelling

Treaty as Sacred Covenant Storytelling – Rick & Steve

An Online Story-telling Series

The MCEC Truth and Reconciliation Working Group presents a year-long online story-telling series centred on covenants made, broken and renewed. This series will include Indigenous and Mennonite Settler voices, shining light on the history of broken covenants and illuminating pathways of hope to a more just future for all nations on this land.

Participants will receive the Zoom link upon Registration. Registration is FREE. Register for the individual event or for the whole series here. 


January 20, 2021- Storytellers: Rick Cober Bauman and Steve Heinrichs
Storytelling session begins at 7:00 p.m.

Rick Cober Bauman – Rick lives with spouse Louise on an organic farm near Shakespeare, Ontario where they raised three offspring. Haudenosaunee and Neutral, and Anishnabe people preceded them on this beautiful land. Rick serves as Executive Director of MCC Canada.

Steve Heinrichs – Steve Heinrichs is a Settler Christian from Winnipeg, Manitoba — Treaty 1 territory and the homeland of the Métis Nation. The director of Indigenous-Settler Relations for Mennonite Church Canada, Steve is also the author/editor of 5 books exploring matters of decolonization, including Unsettling the Word. He spent a week in jail for supporting the Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s right to protect their territories/watersheds from the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.  Steve is a student of activism who loves to march with his partner, Ann, and their children, Izzy, Aiden, and Abby.

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As a community, we have the responsibility to honour, care for and respect all the Creation gives to provide us with life. This includes the land, water, air, fire, animals, plants and our ancestors.

The Anishinabek Peoples have utilized this land for millennia and we would like to acknowledge their direct descendants, the Mississauga’s of the Credit First Nation, as the rightful caretakers and titleholders of this land upon which we live, work and conduct ourselves. We acknowledge our treaty relationship and responsibilities to both the land and these original peoples.

We also recognize that this land is rich in pre-contact history and customs, which includes the Anishinabek and Haudenosaunee and since European contact, has and continues to become home for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. And it is in the spirit and intent of the Dish With One Spoon, wampum agreement whereby we will collectively care for and respect the land, water, animals and each other in the interests of peace and friendship and for the benefit of not only ourselves but of our future descendants.  

The HEN Office resides on Treaty 22, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. For more information on Treaty 22 go to: http://mncfn.ca/treaty2223/

The Halton Environmental Network is a proud member of the Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable (HEDR) and has signed their Charter to foster an inclusive Halton community. For more information on HEDR and the Charter please use this link: bit.ly/HEDRCharter