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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?
On Turtle Island, one of the things that has very significant implications towards all that live here is
the treaties. In order to understand the present circumstances, one must be able to look into the past
and examine treaty. Treaty Education looks at not only the impact of the treaties but as well as how
the treaties have affected Indigenous peoples. Through Treaty Education, not only are students able to
learn more about Indigenous content, but they are able to expand their horizons on a different culture.
Through Treaty Education, students will learn not only about the treaties but also through things such
as broken promises and how things such as language barriers affected the treaties. When there are no
First Nations, Metis, or Inuit peoples, people will be able to not only experience a culture that is different
than their own but they will also be able to identify the positive aspects of that culture that their own
culture tends to lack.


2. What does it mean for your understanding of curriculum that “We are all treaty people”?
We are all Treaty People on Turtle Island and there is no exceptions. Because of the Treaties, and
the importance of said treaties, everyone is bound under them. This is not a bad thing however, because
we are all treaty people, it is something that we all need to know. Being of a different race or coming
to Turtle island at a later date does not make one any less of a treaty person.


3. Spend at least one paragraph making some connections to TreatyEdCamp – What did you hear/see there that might help you to enact treaty education in your future classroom?

From the keynote presented by Erica Violet Lee at TreatyEdCamp I learned that not only does
Treaty Ed matter, it should be mandatory in all schooling. The learning that I’ve done in TreatyEdCamp
will stay with me forever, even if I were to move out of the province. As a Caucasian person, I know
that it is not only my duty to reconcile the actions of my ancestors, but in order to become a teacher
of all students I need to.

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