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Treaty Words

For As Long As the Rivers Flow

By Aimée Craft
Illustrated by Luke Swinson
Interest Age: 10+
Grade: 5+
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RL.3.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9

Reading Level: Lexile 920L
Hardcover : 9781773214962, 60 pages, March 2021 , 6.5" x 4.5"
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781773214979, 60 pages, March 2021


The first treaty that was made was between the earth and the sky. It was an agreement to work together. We build all of our treaties on that original treaty.

On the banks of the river that have been Mishomis’s home his whole life, he teaches his granddaughter to listen—to hear both the sounds and the silences, and so to learn her place in Creation. Most importantly, he teaches her about treaties—the bonds of reciprocity and renewal that endure for as long as the sun shines, the grass grows, and the rivers flow. 

Accompanied by beautiful illustrations by Luke Swinson and an author’s note at the end, Aimée Craft affirms the importance of understanding an Indigenous perspective on treaties in this evocative book that is essential for readers of all ages.


“Craft’s writing is almost faultless. Her lyrical and evocative word choices are ideal for reading aloud in order to enjoy the rhythms of the poetic language. . . . Swinson’s illustrations augment the sense of love and respect conveyed by the words. . . . Highly recommended.” 

- CM Reviews, 01/29/21

“Meditative, devotional, and vital.” 

- Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 03/02/21

“This exemplary narrative nonfiction book proves an understanding of Indigenous perspectives on treaty relationships, affording vital—and not often heard—historical and cultural context to these living agreements.”

- Quill & Quire, *starred review, 04/21

“A small, quiet, and enormously powerful story.”

- Youth Services Book Review, *starred review, 04/21/21

“The reverence . . . comes through in Aimée Craft’s words, resonant and weighty, steadfast and dynamic.”

- CanLit for Little Canadians, 04/26/21

“This quiet contemplative account of learning to live with nature and together as people has a place in every collection, and while its meditative tone will appeal to older and more advanced readers, it could be the centerpiece of a story hour for younger listeners.” 

- School Library Journal, *starred review, 06/21

“Elegantly reveals the intended beauty and harmony of a treaty from an indispensable Indigenous perspective.” 

- Publishers Weekly, *starred review, 07/26/21