Week 4 Response

Male connections between the conversations we have been having in class and the argument of the article. How do you see yourself teaching treaties, and for what reasons?

The dominant narratives that are privileged in a lot of curriculum material only provide one way of knowing, only provide one viewpoint of history, and thus unconsciously tell students that it is the most important perspective. Treaty education and Native Studies are options that are often down graded in importance, thus telling a social narrative that “their” history is not a part of dominant society, nor is it as important. These ideas further embed oppression and marginalization into society and education. By not teaching treaties we’re denying that the treaties go two ways.

I would personally hope to teach treaties in ways similar to how guest speaker Claire Kreugar shared with the class. I think it is vital to get students to recognize our history from different perspectives, understand what the treaties outlined and how they have been carried out into the present, and I believe that it would be relevant to understanding the information by connecting it to where we are now and have the students be able to see the effects of treaties. I think it is important to remember that all people of Canada are treaty people and what happened in the past is effecting our present and our future and therefore it is our responsibility to have a full treaty education.

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