we are all treaty people

In essence, teaching about Treaties brings about a shared understanding. Coming together to commonalities so that perspectives can be voiced and understood being the main goal. Learning about the history of Canada cannot be properly done without interfacing Indigenous content. Cynthia Chambers describes learning about Treaties as a matter of learning each others stories and furthering the relationships between the various peoples of this land. That is why everyone should be taught about Treaties as it encompasses us all even if not everyone of different ancestry is present.

For curriculum understanding I would find it worthwhile to interface Indigenous content and aspects of Truth and Reconciliation into the classroom setting. In class discussions about the resources and land that we occupy, class work either individual or group, bringing in elders and story-tellers, and cultural practices like round dances and smudging among other things can all be used as a springboard to help students to learn. But not only to learn about different people but to learn that they too belong and are welcomed within these circles.

Treaty Education Camp was a very good experience to be apart of. The Keynote speech helped me understand some of the issues regrading government land appropriation for mineral and resource extraction. Aspects like this went towards my Earth Science 30 critique. I found that the comic/ science fiction/ video games media presentation with infusions of creative writing and story telling through the lens of Indigenous thought was very good as well. These types of media are nearly ubiquitous in modern culture and the students may like to delve into interesting reading or media presentations with Indigenous twists.

What is important for your students is that they take away that Treaties are not just about Indigenous peoples it is about, what Chambers states, ‘old-timers’ and ‘newcomers’. We are all Treaty People so celebrating this element can further our progress towards T and R.

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