How could treaty education (truth, justice, reconciliation, decolonization, indigenization) look like in your classrooms, schools, homes & communities? What might the Treaty invitational event teach you about this important endeavour?
My contributions to the Treaty Event made me more comfortable to teach Indigenous content and Treaty Education in the classroom. Mostly I am afraid of saying the wrong thing, but the participants allowed me to be open minded and accepting of being corrected. The individual did so in a polite manner and seemed pleased to share knowledge with me. His “correction” about the information I presented even seemed like less of a correction and more of a conversation regarding a different viewpoint that he had that contradicted what I said. In fact, trying my best to share information and then being corrected benefits everyone involved; I gain correct knowledge that I can continue to pass onto others, and the individual that corrected me was given an opportunity to share a part of his identity and culture that he identifies with, and these learnings are profound. This experience makes me feel more hopeful that I have a place, as an educator, towards reconciliation and truth; previously, I felt as if I was being held back by my fears and uneasiness.