Treaty Education

  1. 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?

Treaty Ed is extremely important to teach in schools. It is important to teach about Treaty Ed even if there are no First Nations, Inuit or Metis students in the classroom. In my schooling we learned very little about treaty education. I feel that the teacher actually tried to avoid the topic because it is something that they do not feel as comfortable talking about. Also, teachers do not have to be Indigenous to teach Treaty Ed. Clair is a great example of this, she moved out of province where Treaty Ed was never discussed, yet she stepped forward and taught Treaty Ed and was extremely successful. Teaching Treaty Ed is mandatory to be taught in any subject.

2. What does it mean for your understanding of the curriculum that “We are all Treaty people”?

For me, understanding that we are all Treaty people is still difficult for me to completely understand. Fortunately, the past two years I have been able to get a better understanding of what it means to me. I do believe it is important that we are all trying to be able to identify ourselves better as Treaty people and not just looking at it as it is only for First Nations, Inuit, and Metis individuals but for all of us. We are all on the Treaty 4 land which makes us treaty people. Education children about how we are Treaty people will help them not only understand how we are on the land but also how the land has changed.

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