Treaty Ed or other content on the subject, are a big part of Canadas history, and there should be an understanding of what happened and why. Just because there are few First Nations, Metis or Inuit people doesn’t mean the past should be forgotten, it is there to keep history from repeating itself. One of the best ways to prevent it from doing that is to teach about the history and the devastation that it has caused. Every voice in history matters, because it has all played a major role in the era it is dealing with. The roles that the Aboriginals people played in Canadian history has a significance to how Canada came to be what it is today. One of the better ways to approach this topic would be to explain this so that the students may gain a better understanding of why it is so important now. More over, this should not become a blame game, but a way to better understand what happened in the past and remember what has been done and what prices were paid for such actions. There is a lack of understanding on land, culture, history etc., in this province and in the rest of the country. Teaching Treaty Education is important and should be taught throughout school, especially in social studies. The whole aim of the Social Studies curriculum is to help students learn and understand the past, present and to influence the future, as well as make connections between them. Students should learn the process done in which treaties were made and how they affect Indigenous people as well as European settlers through time, as well as how people in Canada are still affected today.
Everyone in Canada has come from other places, Europeans migrated to Canada to have a new life of sorts. Weather you are new to the world or have experiences living in it, we learn from our past and from one another within the life we live. We teacher each other how to be one with the world we are living in, and that we share stories. We all live on the same land that Treaties were signed, which still strongly affect us today. Treaty Education should be taught to build on the relationship, and learn from one another. However, there is a lack of understanding, and respect for Indigenous history. But in one way or another we are all treaty people on the land in which we live and thrive. Treaty Education is a tough area to teach, but if done right, people of the present will be better informed and may gain a new perspective of where we live and our history, which will help develop our future, and the relationship they may hold.
“As long as the sun shines, the grass grows, and the river flows, we are all Treaty people.”