“The Problem of Common Sense”

Reading:  “The Problem of Common Sense” by Kevin K. Kusmashiro.   Prompt: How does Kumashiro define 'commonsense?' Why is it so important to pay attention to the 'commonsense'? Kevin K. Kusmashiro defines “common sense” as the normative practices in everyday living and the justification of certain behaviours and thinking. It is important to pay attention to … Continue reading “The Problem of Common Sense”

Unit Eight The Role of Treaties

What is the most important aspect of what you have learned about teaching treaties in the classroom? The most important aspect I have learnt about teaching treaties in the classrooms is that it needs to be taught as a community. Teachers should not solely rely on themselves to teach treaties but partner themselves with other … Continue reading Unit Eight The Role of Treaties

Unit Six Treaty Process: Purpose, Implementation and Issues

What are the outstanding issues in the Treaty process? There are many outstanding issues concerning the Treaty process.  Issues such as lands in dispute, education, and self-government (autonomy) just to name a few. During the time of treaty-making it was promised that there was to be land set aside for the First Nations, but “the … Continue reading Unit Six Treaty Process: Purpose, Implementation and Issues

Unit Five: Indian Act and its Impact on First Nations People

Do you think the Indian Act should be revised or abolished? Respond to the following statement: “The Indian Act has affected the treaty relationship because of its paternalistic nature, created to control every aspect of First Nations peoples’ lives. It is an impediment to treaty implementation.” The Indian Act is a law that treats Indigenous … Continue reading Unit Five: Indian Act and its Impact on First Nations People

Unit Four: Cultural and Controversial Issues in the Classroom

Part I  Frecon and Lang (2017) completed a treaty project with high school students from Regina, Saskatchewan. Discuss the following statement: "after everything they had learned and experienced the previous year, Leia had trouble believing that her students' perceptions were defined by the same indifference they have shown at the beginning of grade nine." Why … Continue reading Unit Four: Cultural and Controversial Issues in the Classroom

Unit Three: Issues Addressed in the Treaties of Saskatchewan

What are some of the substantive issues in the Treaties of Saskatchewan? One of the substantive issues in the Treaties of Saskatchewan is the mismanagement of the implementation of the treaties. The Crown did not implement their part of the treaties according to the wishes of the First Nations. The First Nations agreed to let … Continue reading Unit Three: Issues Addressed in the Treaties of Saskatchewan

Unit Two: Spirituality in Understanding of the Treaties

Treaties were viewed as a sacred undertaking by First Nations people. Discuss and define what spirituality is. What role did First Nations spirituality have in the treaty-making process? According to First Nations people, spirituality is “an over-arching influence that refers to the Creator’s presence in nature and all our activities” (Office of the Treaty Commissioner … Continue reading Unit Two: Spirituality in Understanding of the Treaties

Unit One: Treaty Historic Context

Describe the unique relationship between the Canadian government and First Nations people during the treaty-making era. Before the British government “purchased” Rupert’s Land from the Hudson Bay Company (HSC), The First Nations and the HBC were already trading with each other as business partners. Unlike the HBC, the British government recognized the nationhood of the … Continue reading Unit One: Treaty Historic Context

The Educational Advantages and Disadvantages of YouTube.

By Richelle Angela Guerra and Margaret Wah Ta Youtube is an American-online video sharing platform created in 2005 by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim.  From having the majority of their content be home-made videos to producing full-on, high -quality videos since its creation in 2005 Youtube has come a long way. When people … Continue reading The Educational Advantages and Disadvantages of YouTube.