Helen Tucker
BLaw
BLUE Fellow
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Winter
2020
Harnessing VR to communicate ongoing historic treaties in Ontario
BLUE Fellow
Winter
2020

Background

All of the land in Ontario is subject to treaties formed between the Crown and Indigenous peoples between the late-18th and early-20th centuries. For the Indigenous peoples who entered these treaties, they symbolized the beginning of permanent relationships of co-existence. But what relevance do historic treaties have for non-Indigenous Canadians in Ontario today? I recently completed my studies in law at McGill and am about to start my term as an articling student with the Ontario Ministry of Energy, where treaties and their impact on Ontario's energy infrastructure is a matter of constant awareness and impact assessment. As a BLUE intern, I will be working with VR technology to create a multimedia experience that can capture the essence of treaties' ongoing relevance for a non-legal audience.

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