Week four: Treaty Education

Week four: Treaty Education

  • 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?
  • What does it mean for your understanding of the curriculum that “We are all treaty people”?

“We are all treaty people” is a very powerful and meaningful statement. A lot of people believe that the treaties and treaty people only refer to the indigenous people of Canada. When in reality this is uneducated perception. We all are treaty people.  This is a really important concept for Canada as a whole to understand as we start our journey towards reconciliation. We all are treaty people we all need to respect the agreements that came from treaties.  As Chambers writes, “the treaties were, and continue to be, an invitation – an invitation to meet again: same time, same place, next year” (29). We need to educate our youth that the treaties are an ongoing agreement, not something that is set in stone. They need to be updated and adapted based on the needs and changed in society. 

Treaty education is very important. That is why the government is starting to take action to show its importance. One action they have taken is, 30% of the Saskatchewan curriculum should include First Nations material. This is important because we are all treaty people, treaties need to apply to all areas of the curriculum. It is important for immigrants, Europeans, first Nations, second-generation Etc all understand how the treaties happened and how the Canada we live in today came to be. 

It is important to teach treaty education in classrooms where there are few or no First Nations, Metis, Inuit peoples because as teachers we have the power to teach who matters. As Claire Kreuger says, “We teachers in subtle and not-so-subtle ways teach who is important, who matters . . .”(3:29min) We all are important and we all matter, there is no one who is better or above anyone else. This is why treaty education is so important, especially in Saskatchewan. It is clear that racism in Saskatchewan is systemic and strong. Children are being taught untrue negative stereotypes types about First Nations people and the treaty. We need to approach treaty ed as “Settler ed”(Kreuger) and teach students the benefits and responsibilities we all have because we all are treaty people. Unteach these stereotypes and stop making colonialism the underlining curriculum.

We are all treaty people it is important we understand what that means and the importance of it. No matter if you are indigenous, European, Canadian etc because we are all treaty people.

Ressources 

Cynthia Chamber’s We are all Treaty People.

Claire Kreuger’s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWY_X-ikmaw&feature=youtu.be 

Claire Kreuger and Dave ’s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnPl9Xfd0Bw&feature=youtu.be

One thought on “Week four: Treaty Education

  1. I think it’s so awesome that school and government officials are finally acknowledging how important treaty education is. It’s such a relief! You’re absolutely right that, irregardless of your culture or ethnicity, you are still a treaty person and therefore you need to learn about the treaties. Great write-up!

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