Gitz Crazyboy is a Dene and Blackfoot activist and youth worker who decolonizes indigenous studies and teaches the history of Canada’s indigenous population.
Working on on reservations, in rural areas, and in cities, he educates people on the destructive nature of the development of the Tar Sands.
Gitz leads The Treaty Game: Understanding Colonization, a 2 hour interactive workshop through which participants will understand the complexity of colonization and survival during the process of making a treaty.
The Treaty game is an interactive simulation that tasks participants in the process of what it is to be colonized. A typical game can take anywhere from one to three hours, depending on the depths participants are willing to explore towards an understanding of historic and ongoing colonization.
The Treaty Game surfaces historic incidents and explores the process through which treaties were formed between indigenous peoples and settler societies during European colonization, why they were created and the true intent behind the treaties. Player’s choices throughout this sometimes difficult and challenging workshop will determine the outcome of the game.
The process of forming treaties in theory utilized the traditional communal decision making processes under which native nations operated. In reality, treaty formation used the colonial settler standard processes, which heavily favored the interests of the colonial government.
The Treaty Game will challenge perceptions and create a greater understanding on systemic racism, especially on the lost chapters of Indigenous and North American history.