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?
The purpose of teaching treaty education in the classroom where there is no First Nations, Metis, or Inuit peoples so important. It’s in our curriculum to teach treaty education to students from K-12 in all schools. Therefore, its something that we must teach. It is also significant to teach treaty education because it is a part of Canada’s history. The reading We Are All Treaty People, Chambers states, “It is an elegy to what remains to be lost if we refuse to listen to each other’s stories no matter how strange they may sound, if we refuse to learn from each other’s stories, songs, and poems, from each other’s knowledge about this world and how to make our way in it” (2012, pg. 29). As a future educator, I will defiantly be including treaty education into my class by taking resources such as Elders, books and the curriculum. Treaty education is a past that cannot be forgotten and like this quote says; if we refuse to listen and accept each other’s stories they will be forgotten. I will not let the stories be overlooked or forgotten and I will try my best that my students (nevertheless the amount of Aboriginal people in the class) have the good understanding of treaty education.
What does it mean for your understanding of curriculum that “We are all treaty people”?
The meaning “We are all treaty people” means to me that we as people recognize and appreciate the world around us. The land offers people with a place to live and grow on. An quote that connects to this is from Chambers is, “The commons is what sustains us all: it is the true curriculum, the one that calls us to renew our relationships with one another, that calls us to renew our commitment to what we have in common, to our stake in the world and its survival, upon which our own depends” (We Are All Treaty People, 2012, pg 30). As Treaty people we must honour the land, as it is rather what we have in common. The land lets us form relationships with each other and this connection is what will help save/sustain our environment. This land lets us have so many opportunities so we must do our best to take care of it just like how it takes care of us.