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?
2. What does it mean for your understanding of curriculum that “We are all treaty people”?
Teaching treaty education is crucial in a classes with less First Nations, Metis, or Inuit, compared to classes with a more diverse community. The main reasoning for this is due to the way people teach to the demographic of who they are teaching. In a class with no First Nations people teachers tend to not teach a perspective of the ancestors of First Nations people. Teachers may believe that it is less important because it “does not affect them”, so a lot of the time they will teach the easier route of giving a Eurocentric viewpoint, which is generally taught thoroughly in classes in North America. When there are a lot of First Nations students within a classroom, the viewpoint of First Nations would be highlighted more so. The European viewpoint would still be highlighted more depending on the location of the school. In a plethora of First Nations culture usually the history of their people is passed down from elders to the younger people, which is why teaching a First Nations perspective when there is more First Nations makes less sense as those students usually have that perspective. It is more important to teach classes with less First Nations people about a First Nations perceptive because of the population of First Nations people within Canada and the vast history that is also prevalent within the culture. Everyone should understand the ramifications of residential schools because of how recent they were, and the lasting impacts they have had on society.
We are all living on treaty land, and from a history standpoint the First Nations people were very welcoming and non-hostile when Europeans came over seas. Treaties were conducted and signed on both sides, while the Europeans were promised land and peace, First Nations people were promised things such as health care, funding, etc. We all live on land where treaties are signed, and treaties last as long as the sun shines, grass grows, and the river flows. A lot of the treaty agreements are not held up on todays society, such as funding for reserves. A lot of reserves do not even have fresh running water, which is bizarre to even think about. As First Nations people were very welcoming onto the land they originally lived on, it is very saddening to see how many are living within poverty. We are all treaty people and we should help each other.