What improvements to the school system would you implement in terms of truth and reconciliation?
I think that school system improvements require an effort towards miskasowin, tâpwêwin, miyo-wîcêhtowin, wîtaskêwin alongside an Elder and/or Indigenous community members and organizations. This would take an adjustment in the mindset and attitude within government, board of education, principals and teachers. I envision this process starting with personalized and empathetic land acknowledgements and education.
Cardinal and Hildebrandt (2000) suggest what must be done to reach improvements to the school system under the miskâsowin heading; negative stereotypes of Indigenous peoples must be eradicated and accurate histories of North America and First Nations need to be developed, including origin stories. I hope that this happens and are distributed among Canada as a step of reconciliation and school system improvement. This may be possible with proper comprehensive education to truthfully reflect Canada's past involving Indigenous peoples' (Cardinal and Hildebrandt, 2000).
As well, the Saskatchewan curriculum requires updating in which I would implement. The gaps of Indigenous knowledge is apparent, especially after completing the Choice Project - Unpacking the Curriculum.
"Within Social Studies, the Power and Authority unit includes few indicators of negative effects of actions that Canada has taken to oppress rights; however, the indicator that does involve this excludes the suggestion to relate societal oppression to Indigenous peoples in Saskatchewan and Canada. Instead, indicator b for PA9.3 states, “Investigate examples of the oppression of rights of particular groups or individuals in societies studied including examples in Canada (e.g., slavery, limited franchise, restrictions on property ownership)” (Saskatchewan Curriculum Social Studies, 2009, p.24). By doing this, the curriculum makes Treaty Education connections even less apparent and appear less valuable, as well as silences Indigenous peoples’ voices by pretending that they are not affected by Canadian power and authorities" (Fulmek and Zinger, 2018).
In relation to miskasowin, how does finding one’s self help you move past white guilt/forming your identity as a treaty partner?
Knowing about my own miskasowin and why I have white privilege may allow me to accept the fact that I am white and white settlers are historically a part of a dark past for Canada. This acknowledgement will help me to move forward as a treaty partner by accepting settler past, which in turn allows me to move past white guilt. Furthermore, knowing about my own histories and miskasowin can help me to relate to others' histories and better form these critical relationships as part of being a treaty partner.