Treaty Education – You bet!

The treaty education lesson our group planned incorporated Wellness 10 as we are all Health majors.  We did have to adjust the lesson a little to incorporate the Treaty outcomes and indicators so they would match the health outcomes.  In fact, the only outcome we could match our Wellness 10 outcome with was a grade 12 Treaty outcome and indicator.  I find this extremely problematic as a future teacher.

Why has the Ministry of Education not looked at this and incorporated it so that it can at least combined into the same grade?  As our discussion in class posed the question as to why the Ministry hasn’t added the Treaty outcomes and indicators and the treaty essential learnings into the curriculum.  Having a separate document on the issue makes no sense.  (At least to me it doesn’t).  If we are mandated to teach treaty education, which I 100% agree with, then it needs to be combined into one document in the Saskatchewan curriculum.  In my opinion having two separate documents only continues to promote separate issues.

The feedback we received for our lesson was to provide questions that would guide the students in their learning about the medicine wheel.  I think it would be important to incorporate these questions for every area in the medicine wheel.  This would enhance their learning of each area of the medicine wheel and hopefully allow them to look back and view that learning as a whole picture.

I believe that treaty education needs to be in the schools.  I sympathize with fellow classmates that are specializing in music, biology, and other subject areas that make it near impossible to incorporate this mandated teaching.  Some of the English majors wonder how to incorporate treaty education into Macbeth.  I have been out of school quite a bit longer than most in the class and I had no idea they were still teaching Shakespeare in English!!!  How in the world do you incorporate treaty education in a lesson/unit on Shakespeare?  I am open to all and any ideas.  I just wonder how much extra work teachers are expected to accomplish when the directions they are given has no clear guidance.

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5 Responses to Treaty Education – You bet!

  1. lusiakurk says:

    Ok I have some questions. Is treaty teaching, teaching treaty people or teaching treaty people about the treaties? Cause as non treaty I want to know what is on the treaties. Also I am very curious about the medicine wheel and all things aboriginal since I missed out on it because of moving a lot when I was a kid. And lastly why would you need to change the way you teach Shakespeare? (It’s boring no matter what ;))Only curiosities. And I think all Canadians should have to know what the treaties say because they affect everyone and they are important to our heritage as a community

    • Chloe Hughes says:

      Teaching treaties is about teaching all people about what treaties are, their significance and importance, how they were made and why they need to be honoured. We are all treaty people, so it is being integrated into the classrooms to be taught to everyone. A great resource for teaching is the http://www.otc.ca and there are tons of resources for teachers. Incorporating Aboriginal ways of learning into all subjects is difficult. Many students, even Aboriginal students enter into the classrooms with out knowledge of First Nation traditions and culture. How we teach content to students can impact how they connect to content and identify with it. Great questions.

      • Cindy Bear says:

        Thanks for the great feedback Lusia and Chloe. I really like the teaching resource you added, I will definitely book mark that for reference later on. I to believe that teaching treaties is about teaching all people about what treaties are and what they stand for and how they are so important in Canadian history. If we can make teaching treaties fun to learn for the students and make it relevant to their lives I am sure the students will be able to connect the importance of why they are learning it.

  2. Lindsay Greve says:

    I don’t think that the point of Treaty Education is to incorporate it into every single lesson of every single subject. I definitely think that there are some areas in which it is more difficult to incorporate Treaty Education; however, there are outcomes within every subject area that can be connected to Treaty Outcomes and Indicators. I have been quite successful in finding several resources out there that have different elements of treaties embedded within them. Just keep your eyes open, these resources typically pop up when you least expect it.
    On a side note, I totally agree with your question in regards to why treaty outcomes are not part of the Saskatchewan Curriculum. Glad I am not the only one who has thought about this.
    Thanks for your post,
    Linds

    • Cindy Bear says:

      Thanks Lindsay for the reassurance that someone else has been asking the same questions about the Sask. curriculum! Although there has been vast improvement for treaty education, I think there is still a long way for a better understanding. Finding the resources you talk about and joining them with the curriculum is so important in helping the students understand.

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