Non-Fiction: Treaty Words For As Long As the Rivers Flow

Author Illustrator Publisher
Aimée Craft Luke Swinson Annick Press

 This litte book poses some serious questions about the meaning of treaties, natural law and respect. 

Anishinaabe / Metis lawyer Aimee Craft lyrically introduces the importance of Indigenous relationships and respect for the earth, animals, and each other. A young girl’s Mishomis weaves cultural knowledge and tradition throughout his stories about natural law, treaties and agreements. Craft introduces the differences between ownership of the land versus relationships with the land, the interconnectedness of all creation. Anishinaabe artist Swinson reflects the gentle tone of the book with sepia, orange and blue tones reflecting the relationships between land, sun and water. 


  • What does Mishomis mean? 
  • How does Mishomis describe the concept of “foreverness”? 
  • How would you describe “natural law or earth’s law”? 
  • What does the young girl compare the sounds of ceremony to? 
  • How was the treaty “made with the Queen” misunderstood? 


SD20 Webster Elementary Red Cedar Readers

Treaty Words was a good book. Treaty Words is about an Indigenous girl and her grandfather. The pictures were beautiful and the style of the illustrations is so pretty. This book has very descriptive words that made me feel like I was actually there. I recommend this book to anyone who appreciates beautiful pictures and wants a light read.

Treaty Words is a very good book to take your time to read and carefully look at the illustrations. I really liked this book because the illustrations are really pretty and the book doesn’t take long to read. I rate this book a 3/5. I recommend this book for kids who are 7-12 or Grade 4-7.

Treaty words was ok. It was pretty well written in most parts. But it was confusing at times. This book was not my favourite but that could just be because I don’t really like non-fiction. I would recommend this book to Grade 3 and up because I think you need to understand the concept at least a little before reading. I rate this book a 2\5.  

I thought this book was really interesting. I learned quite a bit about treaties. It was kind of hard to read because there were some Indigenous words but otherwise it was a really beautiful book. ⅘

This Red Cedar was good. It is a non-fiction book. It is also short and sweet and has amazing pictures. The story sort of seems like a poem to me but it might not be to other people. It is a tiny book but it has quite a few pages. I rate this book a ⅘. 

The book Treaty Words is a pretty good book. The illustrations were cool, some parts in the book were a bit boring. The book is very  well written and it’s very easy to read. I recommend this book for Grades 4-7. Overall, I rate this book a ⅗.

Treaty Words was an interesting book. I didn’t really understand it. But other than that the illustrations were really well done. They were colorful and meaningful. I would recommend this book to any kid but I would rather have this book read to me. ⅗

I enjoyed the book Treaty Words a lot. I loved the beautiful art in it and it kind of reminds me of poetry from the way that the book was written. I recommend this book to Grade 3 and up. Overall I give this book a ⅘.

This was a lovely book to read. The illustrations were fabulous and the story was described so well I thought I was actually in the book. This book is about an Indigenous grandfather and his granddaughter. The grandfather teaches her about treaties and tells this beautiful story while doing it. I rate this story a ⅗ and recommend this story to ages 7+.

The book Treaty Words is pretty good. The illustrations are beautiful and it is well written.  Even though it is an informational book, it feels like a story book because it is so small. I liked this book and I hope that you do too.

Treaty Words was an ok book. I personally enjoy fiction books more than non – fiction, so it didn’t appeal to me the most. The illustrations give the reader a pretty good idea of what they’re trying to explain, but they still weren’t too great. It had a few words from First Nations languages which I did like, and it did have some story behind it, but again, I mostly didn’t like it because I prefer fictional books, but I do think some people would enjoy it.