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?
As Dwayne said, we live in country where many people identify themselves as Canadians, but they do not identify with any “culture”. However, those same people identify First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people as people who have a strong culture. This culture is often treated as if it cripples the way First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people learn. I think that in learning First Nations, Metis, and Inuit content students are learning of the accurate history of Canada, but also learning what culture actually is. I believe that students may be able to gain a perspective that shows First Nations, Metis, and Inuit are not the “others”, and that students not of First Nations, Metis, or Inuit background also live their lives in their own cultural context. This connection to on another is crucial in the reconciliation of our country. And I think that if a teacher does not see the need for this in any classroom (no matter the demographic) that teacher is in the wrong mindset of what the purpose of education is.
2. What does it mean for your understanding of curriculum that “We are all treaty people”?
This is something I have thought about numerous times over the past couple of months. I have gone through Treaty Education workshops, I have had assignments that revolve around treaty education, and so on. Yet, I am almost embarrassed to say that I don’t exactly know how to explain why I am a treaty person. In my greatest attempt to understand this I suppose I would say that treaties (specifically) treaty 4 is a huge part of my community. I think that the treaties are a part of the history of my country’s land. I also believe that the treaties need to be held in the promises they were intended to be. I don’t stand for the dishonesty and the lies that the government committed in their relationship with our ingenious peoples. I believe that all my beliefs about this are what makes me a treaty person, because when anyone in our communities is being treated unjust, we are all living with the injustice.