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 People?
The purpose of teaching treaty Ed is to incorporate the different cultures into the classroom. I feel like it is especially important to teach it when there are few First Nations groups because we are still acknowledging the culture. The First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people are a huge part of Canadian history and it is important for students and younger generations to learn about the culture and history. It is also important for students to understand the First Nations perspective and point of view towards the treaties. I think it would be beneficial for the students to bring someone into the classroom from a First Nations culture to hear and see their point of view. “The Crown only bothered with treaties when they wanted title to the land” (Chambers, pp. 28). This quote from the Chambers article basically sums up that treaties were put in place to benefit the dominant culture.
What does it mean for your understanding of curriculum that “We are all treaty people?”
We are all on treaty territory. It is very important to acknowledge that. It is important to teach students about the history of the treaties and why they were created. When I was in school, I barely learned about the history of First Nations people or even the culture in today’s society. Teaching treaty education is another step in the direction towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures. Hopefully beginning to mend the wounds that colonization caused. This topic will never go away, it only becomes more important as time goes on.