This blog post is an interesting one to write about because it brings up so many things that are very relevant today and will be a big part of education in the near future. Firstly, addressing the email Mike received. I know it sounds bad, but it does not surprise me at all. After coming to university and sitting through many ECS classes, one common theme I have learned is lots of students here did not learn any treaty ed. As the teacher put it, lots of teachers do not see the point in teaching it, not saying that it is right but it is the way it is right now. So, when it comes to the first question there are a lot of answers. –
- 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?
I have noticed a theme in who learned treaty ed and who doesn’t and it closely relates to the email Mike received. In my own personal experience, people who went to a school with a decent sized first nations population learned treaty ed and those who didn’t have ant first nations people in their schools did not. As it relates to the question, I still think it is important to teach treaty education in schools to try and remove the stereo types and racism in our current society. It doesn’t matter if you are going to be a teacher or something directly involved in it or not, it is important to at least have a base understanding of what happened. It hopefully will give you a different perspective about why things are the way they are and how we can try and improve them.