Makoons Media Group Partners With 1850 Robinson Huron Treaty Trust

ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2014, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 21 FIRST NATIONS OF THE ROBINSON-HURON TREATY OF 1850 BROUGHT A LAWSUIT AGAINST CANADA AND ONTARIO FOR THEIR FAILURE TO IMPLEMENT THE ANNUITY AUGMENTATION TERMS OF THE 1850 TREATY AS UNDERSTOOD BY THE OJIBWAYS OF LAKE HURON.

We are pleased to announce that we have entered into an agreement with the 1850 Robinson Huron Treaty Litigation Trust to develop educational and communication materials by buidling a custom digital media campaign in support of their landmark court case against the crown

In total, 21 Indigenous communities inside of the Robinson Huron Treaty territory are taking Canada to court over their annuities claim.

We are honoured that we have been asked to help tell their story.


WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEANS TO LIVE IN A COUNTRY FOUNDED BY TREATY? 

This fight began in 1850 when the Treaty was signed, even then, the Anishinaabe Headmen that negotiated the treaty, called for fair treatment and an honourable deal. Litigation talks began in 1992. Finally, in 2014, a lawsuit was brought against Canada and the province of Ontario.

This project is exciting for a number of reasons - it is potentially precedence setting, we're going to take you inside one of the most important Treaties in Canada and we're working with Elders, Youth and other Knowledge Carriers from the 21 RHT communities in a collaborative and forward looking way to tell this story.
RYAN MCMAHON | Chief Creative Producer | Makoons Media Group

This project will help the communities involved as well as the general public better understand the case and why it is significant. We will bring you inside the expert testimony, you'll hear the voices of people with knowledge of the 1850 RHT and we'll help communicate where the proceedings are at throughout the duration of the case.


AUDIO & VIDEO CONTENT

We are currently in pre-production on an audio podcast mini-series and video series that will feature the voices of Youth, Elders and other knowledge keepers that will help to shine a light on the importance of the 1850 RHT and why this litigation is an essential step to correcting the relationship between Indigenous communities and the Crown.

The audio podcast will be available wherever you listen to podcasts (iTunes, podcasting apps), online on their website, through various social media channels, and, it will also be available for FREE to community radio stations across the RHT territory.

All video content will be shared across social media platforms.


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Ryan McMahon

Winnipeg, Manitob, Canada

Ryan McMahon is one of the most dynamic Aboriginal/Native American Comedians working in Canada and the United States today. He’s also a graduate of the prestigious Second City Conservatory (Toronto). His show is a loose, fast paced, silly but always honest look at society from the perspective of a “Native dude.” His breakout performances on “Welcome To Turtle Island Too – A Celebration of Aboriginal Comedy” (CBC TV/Radio, Corkscrew Media, 2010), and the “Hystereotypes” (CBC TV, Frantic Films, 2011) Gala television taping at the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival in 2011 led to his own one hour standup comedy special “Ryan McMahon – UnReserved” (CBC TV/Radio, Corkscrew Media, taped in June 2012). McMahon tours independently, selling out venues large & small, and his live show combines standup, improv, sketch comedy and weaves stories and characters into an original style of comedy he calls – INDIAN VAUDEVILLE.