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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?

 What does it mean for your understanding of curriculum that “We are all treaty people”?

The purpose of teaching Treaty Ed is to understand that we all have a role in creating a better future. There was a lot of hate and discrimination in our history and, although there have been vast improvements, there is still quite a great amount of these poor instances occurring. The only way to be rid of this is through understanding – an understand which can only come from an education and compassion for all. Even in classrooms where there may not be a large population of FN, Metis and Inuit students, it is inevitable that students will encounter First Nations peoples at some point in there lives. By being educated, it removes the barriers that may have otherwise been present.

The statement “We are all treaty people” removes those barriers further by representing the fact that we are all one and the same. The land we live on is treaty land, and our forefathers were part of the treaty. This has been passed down to us and it is our duty to uphold the treaty with respect for the land, culture, and one another.


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