A treaty is a contract. A treaty is enduring. A treaty is an act of faith. A treaty at its best is justice. It is a document and an undertaking. It is connected to place, people and self. It is built on the past, but it also indicates how the future may unfold. TREATY # is all of these. In this far-ranging work, Ruffo documents his observations on life as he sets out to restructure relationships and address obligations nation-to-nation, human-to-human, human-to-nature. Now, he undertakes a new phase in its restoration. He has written his TREATY # like a palimpsest over past representations of Indigenous bodies and beliefs, built powerful connections to his predecessors, and discovered new ways to bear witness and build a place for them, and all of us, in his poems.
About the Author
Armand Garnet Ruffo is a multi-genre writer whose works include Grey Owl, The Thunderbird Poems, and more.He is currently the Queen’s National Scholar in Indigenous Literature at Queen’s University in Kingston.