Week 7 [Treaty Education]

  1. Teaching Treaty Ed or First Nations, Metis and Inuit content and perspectives in places where there are few or no First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples is important because those are the people who are not taught naturally by relationships with these peoples about what had happened to them and why learning about their cultures is important.  The people not surrounded by First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples get to keep an ignorance towards Canada’s history and that perpetuates racism towards these groups of people.  We don’t avoid teaching the holocaust because there aren’t many Jewish people in our schools, that’s a significant point in history that we don’t want to repeat, with many lessons in how to not mistreat people in todays setting.  What happened to First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples is no different, it to me is worse because it happened for years longer than the holocaust and still has huge impacts today, and children need to learn about it so that they can understand and be a solution to the problem and be an advocate for their fellow people.
  2. “We are all treaty people” to me means that everyone in Canada is under the Treaty and all of us should learn about them as we grow up, because it’s important to respect and honour them.  It’s promises that were made to First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples and the more we know about them, the more we are able to keep them, because we are all responsible for this land.

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