Treaty Education

1.      While some educators have shown resistance to enacting Treaty Education in their classrooms, there is many benefits and purposes to teaching Treaty Ed. Whether there are Indigenous students in our classrooms or not, these students are still going to see indigenous people and their way of life almost wherever they go. If students plan to take a career path such as education or social work, they will be so far behind because they lack knowledge that could needs to taught in Treaty Ed. Reading this email also made me think back to my experiences in high school. I grew up in Warman which is a small city north of Saskatoon which is predominantly white. Out of the 136 students in my grad class about 10 were of indigenous background. I learnt very little about indigenous lives and knowledge, and when I came into university I was amazed by how much content I was missing because I was never exposed to it. Regardless if the teachers want to teach it or not it is becoming more mandatory for a reason. In order to start the process of decolonization students must first need to become familiar with indigenous content from the past in order to look toward the future.

2.      From my understanding the term “we are all treaty people” means that it two-sided. There was both indigenous representation and the crown representation when treaties were signed. Since both sides were involved in the treaty making process everyone within those treaties are also involved in regards to implementing and understanding what happens within the treaties. However, one cannot just say that they are a treaty person, they must enact it in things that they do, and they also must know what it means to be a treaty person. A person cannot just say that they are a treaty person without having done anything. Being a treaty person is also ongoing and never stops as people are always learning.

3.      Treaty Ed Camp was a wonderful experience for me and I am glad that I was able to attend the event. It helped to give me the perspective that one cannot just say they are a treaty person, but they also must enact it. One of the sessions that I attended discussed resources that can be used within the classroom. This was very useful for me because I know how important it is to bring indigenous content into the classroom, but I was not aware of the resources that are available for educators. The first resource that they showed us was where to find resources about the Truth and Reconciliation on the Saskatchewan curriculum website. They also introduced to concepts like Blackboard and Rover, and Rover is a place where educators can find a variety of videos about indigenous issues and knowledge. This session was really helpful for me as it showed me that the government does supple resources in order to enact indigenous education. The second session that I attended was about the Blanket Exercise. I had done this exercise before in university and it was extremely powerful and provided a visual as to what actually happened to many indigenous people. It also showed me how important this exercise is to students that are still in high school as it provides a powerful narrative. Hopefully when I am an in service teacher I will be able to take my students to a Blanket Exercise so they can experience it first hand.  

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