- What is the purpose of teaching Treaty Ed (specifically) or First Nations, Metis, and Inuit (FNMI) Content and Perspectives (generally) where there are few or no First Nations, Metis, Inuit peoples?
My first reaction to this question, is “How is this even a question?” The purpose of Teaching Treaty Ed, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit content and perspectives is not supposed to be a history lesson for those peoples. It is supposed to be a lesson in history for those who do not understand- which would be primarily the white folks and those who have benefitted from these oppressive systems.
2. What does it mean for your understanding of curriculum that “We are all treaty people”?
My understanding of the phrase is that we are all treaty people because we live on treaty land. My personal stance on it is in order to call ourselves treaty people we have to be a more inclusive society. With that being said, it’s a nice phrase but there is a lot of work to do. We absolutely cannot use this phrase freely while continuing to oppress our Aboriginal neighbours.
3. Spend at least one paragraph making some connections to TreatyEdCamp – What did you hear/see there that might help you to enact treaty education in your future classroom?
One thing that was said that caught my attention was Ryan McMahon’s speech. He discussed that Treaty acknowledgment meant nothing without action. As I agree with the sentiment, I was shocked to hear this. I am often in educational and professional settings, yet the first time I heard the phrase being said was attending my sisters graduation at the University of Saskatchewan. They referenced their gratitude and acknowledgment of being on Treaty 6 territory. I thought this was a really nice gesture to acknowledge and appreciate the land – and I know for my entire family (as our eyes started back-and-forth at each other) that this was a new concept that we thought was pretty cool. I understand Ryan’s point but I can’t help but feel like “hey man, white people are not getting it and this is a stepping stone on the right path”. I know settlers do not need to be granted any more patience from our aboriginal communities, but I can’t help but feel that more patience is needed as we work through these tough conversations (WHICH SHOULDN’T BE TOUGH BUT THEY ARE)