I didn’t really know or maybe I just wasn’t paying attention, to the fact that Fort Qu’Appelle was where Treaty 4 was signed. As I reflect on the field trip experience, it is odd to me that the place just didn’t feel like it had that feeling of historical significance. The feeling I am talking about is one I get when I am at a place and I am in awe to some degree of what had happened in that place. I have been trying to sort out why there wasn’t that awe, even minimally. I wonder was it that I was just trying to absorb everything, and because treaty education is so new to me that I was hyper focused on not missing anything significant that I didn’t give myself a chance to just be and feel. Maybe it was that the town is so modern, and other than a monument or two and some murals on the wall there is very little that tells the town’s significance in Saskatchewan and Canadian history. Or is it that my old learnings and teachings are still so deeply rooted, that I didn’t feel the significance, if that is so then I really need to continue examine my feelings and thoughts regarding treaty education, on a deeper, more critical level.
Some new learning and connections did come out of the trip. I found what Larry said about pipes not being able to be taken into the city because of the sacredness of the pipe and that the city was not a place for something so sacred intriguing. As well as when he talked about how education was important but so was ceremony. The week before we went to Fort Qu’Appelle I had read an article about a smudging walk in the North Central neighbourhood in Regina. I found it very interesting that the article mentioned that since the smudging walk began, positive things were happening the neighbourhood. I think it very much tied into what Larry was telling us.
Alma shared with us that Indigenous people never suffered from cancers and diabetes before the white settlers arrived. I couldn’t help but think that these diseases are just one more ongoing way that the colonizers are affecting Indigenous peoples in a negative way.
I really appreciated the impromptu tour of Sacred Heart Church in Lebret. I am always excited to tour most any church, I find them so interesting and peaceful. One way in which I have grown is that before taking education classes, is that I would have appreciated what the guide had to say about the building and enjoyed the tour. I noticed that after we left, and I had a chance to process I was looking at the information more critically, than I usually would.
I had a few questions that I am left with after this trip.
- Was Sacred Heart church the church that Calvin was referring to when he said the Metis built it? If so why was that not mentioned in the church tour?
- I noticed that there were ribbons on Alma, Evelyn and Audrey’s skirts. Are the ribbons significant or just decoration?
- This is just a wish. We were in the healing center and I would like to have learned more about the center and how healing is promoted there.