During the stereotypes part of our presentation you were shown some images of the Indigenous Peoples in a way that forms discrimination. How does this relate to colonization of North America as well as the treatment of Indigenous Peoples since then? Reflect on who creates these images and why you think these images are acceptable in our society?
The forms of discrimination in North America relates to colonization because the images reinforce the negative and derogatory treatment towards Indigenous peoples. The images that were shown (Edmonton Eskimos, Redskins, etc.) portray Indigenous Peoples as less than human and comparable to animals, as typically ferocious animals are mascots. This is no different than how Indigenous Peoples were treated in residential schools are further in history.
I think the images are accepted because the are attached to sports teams which society highly values. As well, many fans of these sports may not be educated about the images/mascots that reinforce discrimination and colonization, so they often go unacknowledged. Furthermore, the people that create these images are typically White, privileged males. These people won't acknowledge the discrimination their images perpetuate because it puts their privilege and power at risk.
Within Middle Years classrooms, it would be powerful for the future generations of citizens to explore stereotypes and messages about Indigenous peoples in the media in order to fix these persistant attitudes.
For example, in grade 6 ELA students are required to:
- "View, listen to, read, comprehend, and respond to a variety of texts that address identity (e.g., Growing Up), social responsibility (e.g., Going the Distance), and efficacy (e.g., Making Our Community More Peaceful) (CR6.1),
- "View, respond, and demonstrate comprehension of visual and multimedia grade-appropriate texts including traditional and contemporary texts from First Nations, Métis, and other cultures containing special features (e.g., the visual components of magazines, newspapers, websites, comic books, broadcast media, video, and advertising) (CR6.4),
These are just some examples of outcomes that would relate to exploring this content in the classroom.
Government of Saskatchewan. (2008). English Language Arts Grade 6. Retrieved from https://www.edonline.sk.ca/webapps/moe-curriculum-BBLEARN/CurriculumOutcomeContent?id=32