Here are some notes/kind of a web map that I made with some major “take aways” from this Treaty Education topic. This is a topic that I learned about last year in my ECS110 class, but it is still a topic that makes me feel upset. I really dislike the way things were with the residential schools and how the aboriginal people were forced to be split from their families and their homes. It also make me sad to think that a lot of aboriginal languages were lost because children were forced to speak English in their classrooms. Therefore, they spoke their native languages less and less. But the story doesn’t end there. Today there are programs that help educate others to be aware of the past and know that things can be turned around and we can try to make amends and live together in peace and as one people on the land. I think that the key thing to learn here is that we are all in this together and are treaty people. Therefore, it is time for hope, love, change, and reconciliation.

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Comments from others:

“Great post, Lila. I can’t help but think how many children don’t know a word of Cree or their own Aboriginal language as a result of history that has taken place (residential schools, etc.). It truly is sad, as you say. I love your optimism for change. It is people with similar attitudes that will make a difference.” ~ Lacy ~

“Lila, I love the information you shared.  The witness blanket is beautiful and has such a beautiful meaning to it!  I also love hearing your passion for Aboriginal people.  I feel exactly the same way you do about the lost language and loss of trust and everything else.  Thank you for sharing that there are programs that are teaching the language again and so on.  It is comforting.  Can you imagine if that was us that that happened to?  Forced to speak another language or believe a different religion or even just stripped of our identity.  Just cruel, very very cruel.  Thank you for sharing.” ~ Jacqueline ~

“Your mindmap and written response is filled with, as you share in your own words, “…hope, love, change, and reconciliation”. I appreciate your mindmap notes that demonstrate your engagement with the topic. You’ve taken a complex topic and simplified it into key points as to ways to move forward together.

Reconciliation does start with all of us and part of that reconciliation is understanding that we are all treaty people. Great to see that you explored Project Heart, Witness Blanket and 100 Years of Loss and I’m confident that you will use these as more building blocks to continue your own learning journey. Nicely done, Lila.” ~ Julie Machnaik ~


Treaty Education Resources:

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Office of the Treaty Commissioner – Excellent website that talks about Reconciliation.

Reconciliation is about…
exploring the past
and choosing to build a better future.

It’s understanding each other
and building trust.

It’s recognizing that
We Are All Treaty People.

The Statement of Treaty Issues – The Statement of Treaty Issues is a  significant milestone in an historic journey towards achieving a common understanding of the treaty relationship and its practical meaning for a better future for all people of our province.

Truth & Reconciliation – “Reconciliation is about forging and maintaining respectful relationships.There are no shortcuts.” ~ Justice Murray Sinclair ~

Project of Heart – Project of Heart is an inquiry based, hands-on, collaborative, inter-generational, artistic journey of seeking truth about the history of Aboriginal people in Canada. Its purpose is to:

  • Examine the history and legacy of Indian Residential Schools in Canada and to seek the truth about that history, leading to the acknowledgement of the extent of loss to former students, their families and communities
  • Commemorate the lives of the thousands of Indigenous children who died as a result of the residential school experience.
  • Call Canadians to action, through social justice endeavors, to change our present and future history collectively

10 Books About Residential Schools – Here is a great website with 10 books about residential schools that you can read to your kids and use as a great resource to educate them about residential schools and the aboriginal people’s culture.

An excerpt from Shin-chi's Canoe by Nicola Campbell. Illustrated by Kim LaFave.

Classroom Resources – Here are some great resources of books that have games, activities and much more! These resources can be used in your classroom while teaching your students about Treaty education and the Aboriginal people.

Book List and Lesson Plans – Here is a great site that has a breakdown list of books to you can use in your classroom. They have lesson plans that go along with each book that you may chose to read in your classroom and the list is broken down into Elementary, Middle, and Secondary School grade levels. Have some fun looking at these wonderfully planned lessons and connecting yourselves as teachers to Aboriginal curriculum and pedagogy.

Aboriginal Perspectives – The Aboriginal Perspectives web site contains information that will aid teachers in including Aboriginal perspectives in their lessons. Here you will find video material, workshops, and Aboriginal  games which will all provide rich sources of material for the construction of a lesson plan.