Connections to curriculum treaty outcomes/indicators.
I see myself bringing older students to Fort Qu'Appelle in the future. Specifically, the Grade 9 curriculum highlights 'Understanding Treaties Around the World' within Treaty Relationships. I want to practice building meaningful relationships with others to model for my students how treaties are part of a relationship. The Treaty Education resource for K-9 provides Possible Learning Experiences, I think that visiting Fort Qu'Appelle and Lebret should be included in this resource for all educators to utilize.
Share something meaningful related to your treaty walking wîtaskêwin field trip experiences.
The most meaningful experience was learning about the Indigenous medicines from Wendyl, a traditional knowledge keeper. This is not a common learning within Education or Indigenous studies classes. Reflecting on that experience, I now wonder, what is the most common medicines within Treaty 4? I am also interested in who owns the land where Wendyl gets medicinal plants from and how ownership of land affects Indigenous medicines. I think this would be an interesting conversation and history topic for Middle Years students.
What stories are told about treaties in Fort Qu'Appelle? Whose worldview is predominant?
Both views within Fort Qu'Appelle represent Indigenous and colonial world views, but the stories that are heard depend on those listening and what they want to hear. The settler story is mostly apparent for those that choose to see it. The museum's stories and the artifacts framed Indigenous peoples in a way that exhibits that these people no longer exist. While touring the museum, I challenged the ideas that white men were telling us Indigenous and treaty history; another representation of settler view point. In some ways, I see the museum experience related to Indigenous peoples are cultural appropriation.
The Indigenous world views are demonstrated with the Eagle statue that we saw, however, that being said, the idea of a statue is European. With students, I think educators need to encourage and guide students to see Indigenous world views throughout curriculum content and at Fort Qu'Appelle.