Treaty Education Philosophy

Coming up with a philosophy around Treaty Ed is a tough one for me at this point in my journey.  It’s tough because I feel like I am still trying to understand the big picture. I am not even sure there is a complete big picture, because I feel Treaty Education is an ever evolving part of education.  Since the concept of Treaty Education seems to a relatively new concept in the Saskatchewan Curriculum, I sometimes feel even the policy makers, don’t even know what it should look like.

I do know that the more I learn about Treaty Education, the more I want to be really good at having Treaty Ed. be part of my everyday in the classroom, in every subject.  It shouldn’t be just a Social Studies unit and call it a day. I am searching and trying to figure out how to make Treaty Ed. meaningful for myself and my students. Part of my search is Indigenous spiritual beliefs and what is considered sacred in those beliefs.  It is as important to me that I know what is sacred and what I should not be teaching about as it is what I should and can teach about.

I do know that I don’t want students hearing that we are talking about treaties or Indigenous history and having a bad attitude about it.  I also believe that if we teach our young children about the true history of Canada and treaties, that we can slowly change attitudes and eventually have more allies than detractors.  In the meantime, I will continue my search by attending Treaty Ed Camps, taking classes such as Treaties in the Classroom, and listening to people like Pam Palmeter and Erica Violet Lee.  I also think that I need to seek out teacher’s who do Treaty Ed well, I know they are out there, just have to find them. I hope by time I finish my internship and am ready to tackle a classroom on my own, that I have found my path to great Treaty Ed in the classroom.