Being able to teach Treaty Education isn’t easy. Treaty education is something that should be taught all the time. Looking at treaty education today it can be a powerful thing to teach and acknowledge, but it is still in the works of making it into the curriculum. Becoming a teacher, we can learn from experiences and create a voice for change in the schools about treaty education. Starting to learn about treaties at a young age can help the development of anti-bias opinions of Indigenous ways of knowing. We are all apart of the story of treaty people. Many students may not identify themselves as treaty people, but this may be because they haven’t got the opportunity to learn about treaties. As a teacher we need to help students understand our land history and become familiar with what used to be on our homeland. Also teaching the students culture that applies and is respectful to them will show a gained interest in what is being taught. Understanding that as a teacher we are going to make mistakes and it might be awkward, but we still have to put in maximum effort to teach about treaties and the importance of them. Claire mentions that it is important to be attentive to the dynamics of your classroom, I think that this is really important to understand because each classroom dynamic will be different and respond different to Treaty Education. We need to be able to teach treaty education well to understand it ourselves.
I think it important to remember that we all live on the same land and share all of our resources with each other. With this, learning about the history of Canada is super beneficial to educate students on because it gets them understanding why things are some ways and it shows how the country or even province has evolved overtime. Giving students an insight of what the First Nations lived through or how they grew up on our land could help today’s society open their minds to different cultural perspective and become more knowledgeable to help teacher future generations of our country’s history. Many people today living on this land are unaware of the journey that the settlers and First Nations people had to go through to colonize this land. Colonialism was defined by Dwayne Donald as “an extended process of denying relationship” (On what Terms Can We Speak, 12:00). Building relationships outside of a classroom and working alongside Elders and members of the First Nations background is a great idea for students to learn. By bringing in people from this background would allow the students to connect, work hands on and be able to ask questions that teachers may not be able to answer or feel comfortable answering. We should be working to repair our relationships with the First Nations community instead of denying the fact that we are all the same because in reality we are all treaty people, living on the same land and sharing the same resources to this day. Our land is open to conversations and open to teaching the next generations on the past and how we can work together to own the present and future.
Here are a couple resources you could use in your classroom: - Cynthia Chamber’s We are all Treaty People - Dwayne Donald’s Lecture On what Terms Can we Speak.