Treaty Education

After reading the article by Cynthia Chambers and watching the required videos correlating to Treaty education, it clear that Treaty education plays a significant role in schools to educate our students about the lands that we live on. Teaching non-Indigenous students, as well as, Indigenous students about Treaty education is purposeful in many ways. It allows our students to be aware of our historical roots, acknowledge the interconnectedness between non-indigenous people and indigenous people, it allows us to build relationships and awareness of Canadian cultures. Teaching Treaty education is about the process of truth telling of our country, understanding how this shapes our identities, and learning from the past mistakes and moving forward as one. Treaty education is important for the unity of our people. Like, Claire Kreuger explained in her video chat, Treaty education is not only for the students we teach, but also for the students’ parent’s understanding of treaties, that was not once recognized in past curriculum. It is to expand our knowledge to all people and to enable them to inform everyone that we are all Treaty people.

Dwayne Donald, talks about, “On What Terms Can We Speak” and how when we sit across from one another, we are constantly missing each other. There is a disconnect between the people that are around us due to colonialism. Dwayne further explains, that “colonialism is an extended process of denying relationship” and how we need to discover a way to speak to each other on more ethnical terms. Teaching Treaty education is not only a way to teach history, but it is a chance to educate students to help them construct relationships, disregarding what colour of skin they might have and enforcing the principles such as equality and a renewal of contact and communication to one another.

Treaty is part of our identities and the integrity of our country. It means that we are all part of the treaty and our role is to fulfill our agreement to mend our relationships and live on this land together, holistically. It is important to note, that in the past our ancestors failed to sustain the treaty agreement, which equated to many tragedies in Canadian history. In this day and age, it is our opportunity to reconcile our relationships and strengthen association with each other, because “we are all treaty people”.

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