Curriculum as Treaty – Dealing with Resistance Towards Treaty Education

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?

The purpose of teaching Treaty Education or Nations, Metis and Inuit Content and Perspective to a population with few or non-Indigenous peoples is to educate them on how they are in a legal relationship with the First Nations (FNS). It is even most important that non-indigenous students are educated in order to show that they are in a legal contract with the FNS, just like they are in a legal contract as with the Canadian government to fulfill their duties as citizens of Canada.

2. What does it mean for your understanding of curriculum that “We are all treaty people”?

The Saskatchewan curriculum currently does not include the Treaty Education outcomes and indicators on their website. The Treaty Education Outcomes are on a separate website and if you do not know about Treaty Education you would not know that there is a curriculum specifically about Treaty Education made by the Government of Saskatchewan. For me, the phrase “We are all treaty people,” in a sense of curriculum, means that we have a curriculum that is conscious of the effects of the treaties on non-indigenous and First Nations students relationships and to a border extent such as relationships between the indigenous communities and the Canadian government and

If I were a response to this email, I would write to the intern to integrate Treaty Education with other subjects and use that as a starting to introduce Treaty Education.

One thought on “Curriculum as Treaty – Dealing with Resistance Towards Treaty Education

  1. It is true Treaty Education is not a part of the Saskatchewan Education Curriculum yet. Though I hope to see it implemented in the classroom and in our teachings more often. Also, making it not a choice to be taught, but a law or order rule to be taught in the classroom.

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