WEEK 7: MARCH 1, 2019
Regardless of race, or the amount of Indigenous people living in the area, Treaty Education is important to learn because they are the first peoples of Canada. Many people only hear negative things about Indigenous people, in which many do not take time to learn and understand why some might live the style or type of life that they do. It is no secret that many Indigenous people live in poverty, however people are unaware of the reason behind it, therefore, they judge without knowing for sure.
Once people know and learn about intergenerational trauma (which a large portion of Indigenous people struggle with) they seem to understand more. Unfortunately, without treaty education people, Canada would continue to be oppressed and live in a state of desperately needed to walk through reconciliation. Without treaty education, there is no reconciliation. Without truth, there is not justice. Even if it is all just to make them sound good, in order to fully reconcile as a country we need to have truth-telling. Truth-telling- “only through indigenous understandings of this history will Canadians be able to acknowledge their role in keeping Aboriginal peoples on the margins of Canadian society”So, telling the truth about the past is not too not make people feel guilty of their ancestors and their ways of thinking but its to learn to accept what happened, and learn to love one another because love motivates change. In order for reconciliation, we need to openly talk about the things that went wrong, we can’t downplay them, we can’t avoid them, we can’t be defensive, we need to initiate forgiveness, that is the key to show love and kindness to one another. Broken people continue to break other people, the people running the residential schools were broken and as a result, they broke other people. The cycle continues, the people who were in residential schools they become broken and generations of brokenness began. This is why learning the truth about the past in so important, together we can choose to fight and embrace a hopeful future and while doing that we can produce change. Now, I am not saying we’re going to teach people the truth about Canada’s history and everything is going to be okay because if I did say that, that would be a lie. However, it changes what future generations will go through. We need to partner together in unity, we need to walk through the history of Canada, the making of our country, go through the treaties and how they were established and what went wrong. Instead of camping there we need to walk through it with awareness and come out the end and say what can we do to build a better future for the generations to come and how can we fix it today. I was born in Regina and went to school in Fort Qu’Appelle for a part of my elementary years. I grew up knowing that the area I was in as treaty four land. In 1876 our leaders signed a treaty with the government known as treaty four territory. The whole intent of the treaty was to share the land, share it so settlers could come and love it as much as we did. I’m glad that happened because my mom’s grandparents were able to come and make it their home, without them coming I would not even be here right now. The whole idea in mind was to be one people, sharing the land, prospering together, and building a country, a community in common unity. As we all know that is not what happened, people got robbed, people gain success and now we know families and lives are broken and people are continuously hurt, but we have the opportunity to start fixing things, with truth, by teaching treaty education to future generations!!!
In addition to curriculum, there are updates that need to take place. Unfortunately when I was working on my curriculum critique I was noticing how outdated things were. I think treaty education is very important, however there needs to be drastic changes to improve the quality of Indigenous education students are to be learning.