I really enjoyed the presentation by Claire on Tuesday. I feel that it is so important for this to be implemented into the schools. I found it great that she was able to talk to us about her mistakes she made and how she learned from them and didn’t make them the next year. As a secondary teacher I am assuming that the students I will encounter in the classroom have had treaty education from kindergarten. However, in saying this and hearing the things I have this past week I think this is far from the truth. Why is this? Why do we have a teacher like Claire working so hard to implement treaty education when she has no idea if the teacher next year will? It seems a little weird to me. If treaty education is mandated for all teachers to teach from K-12. Then make room for it in the curriculum, in every grade and every subject. In my opinion it is not a sub discipline to be taught separately it is to be implemented into every subject you teach. But how do we do this if we were never taught how?
The Education students at the FNU already implement treaty education in every subject and here we are in our 3rd and 4th year students at the U of R still struggling to discuss this. I spoke with an Education student from the FNU and she told me that they started teaching treaty education in the first year. They were shown how to implement it into every subject they taught. I just don’t understand why we are not learning this as well if we have a legal obligation to teach it. Is this a government issue at the Saskatchewan Curriculum level?
I fully understand that we are all treaty people. I question if First Nation people think of it that way? They don’t believe that they are equal yet in society. It doesn’t matter if it is at school, work, the mall, a restaurant or at the movies. As educators we are trying to repair a hundred years of oppression and genocide of First Nation people. They are finding their voice, standing up for themselves and have the highest growing young population among us. As a teacher I will implement the treaties in my classroom and I will allow First Nation students to be proud of who they are. Not only is that my legal and moral obligation as a teacher but it is also my personal responsibility as a treaty person.