Reading Response (October 3)

 

In an ideal Canada, we would all consider ourselves as “Treaty people.” The treaties signed in the past of this country impact all of us in some way. The impact of those treaties are still very much felt to this day. Not every person in Canada considers themselves as a Treaty person. They either do not know the past, or see an alternate view of it. Because of this, tragedies such as the shooting of Colten Boushie divide us on racial lines as racism is a systematic institution of Canada, and a production of euro-centric past.This brings to light the idea that the Treaty relationship needs to be taught and reflected upon. For example, some of my older students did not know the extent of residential schools and how damaging the experience truly was to not only individuals, but the cultures as well. The question remains, what does being a Treaty person mean?

I did not grow up learning about the Treaties. My education in regards to First Nations people and the interaction of our cultures could be considered white washed, until going for my education degree. I am not alone. As a Treaty person, I see responsibility. There is a responsibility to respect the culture, understand the value of the learning about the culture, accept the past and educate myself so I can educate others.

Education lies at the heart of the elimination of racism. As a Treaty person, I need to participate alongside others to reinforce the Treaty relationship, and enhance understanding in myself and others. I see racism everyday, in ignorance more so than in hate. And this is something that I, as an educator and as a Treaty person, am compelled to combat.

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3 thoughts on “Reading Response (October 3)

  1. Hi Robbi.
    It is Madison from ECS 110.
    I really loved this blog post. I enjoyed hearing your thoughts on what it is to be a “treaty person”, and how your view on this statement has changed over time/over the course of your education.
    I do have two questions though:
    1) What specific steps would you say you have taken/take daily to hold yourself responsible for respecting and learning about the culture, in order to teach about it? Or in other words, in what ways do you learn about and respect the culture?
    2) What kinds of assumptions and familiarities existed within you when you referred to yourself as being “white-washed”? And what did specifically broke you out of that mindset and helped you gain interest on seeking a deeper understanding of these assumptions/familiarities and where they came from?
    Feel free to not answer if my questions are too personal, or if they just don’t make sense. I did my best to follow the assignment while still treading respectfully.

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  2. Thank you for your blog Robbi, which was very well written and easy to follow. It helped that you explained your ideas through multiple examples, which reinforced the points you made. I like that you began by stating we are all treaty people and the reason why. You stated it is because we are all affected by treaties. I was waiting for you to go a step further and add that we are also all treaty people because a treaty is an agreement with two parties. Both parties benefit from treaties and both sides are involved. It is not one-sided, as often believed.

    You gave two good examples of why some people may not consider themselves treaty people. I like that you followed it with examples of the consequences of not recognizing that we are all treaty people, which is that it divides us. This point was exemplified when you mentioned the Colton Boushie trial.

    You didn’t leave your blog as just a list of obstacles, but you gave a possible solution in that we need to be taught and also reflect on the facts regarding treaties. One of the best points in your blog is when you pointed out that the effects of the residential schools was not only damaging to “individuals, but the culture as well”. This is a worthy point, as not everyone has the exact same experience.

    The personal touch you gave the blog at the end showed how you internalized what you are learning; especially when you described what it means to you. You express that we have a responsibility, and then go further by stating we have the responsibility to respect the culture, value and accept the past. You specify that you should “educate myself so I can educate others”. Education is key.

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  3. Very well done Robbie! I enjoyed reading your perspective on being a treaty person.
    I found it very powerful how you included the case of Colten Boushie, because that was such a large incident recently. I can connect directly with you about how our education and knowledge of treaties was so muted growing up, and how it took until we were much older to know the consequences that happen because of the way some people view themselves as non-treaty people. Along with Debbie’s comment i was very curious to how you could have gone a step further and add that we are all treaty people because a treaty is an agreement with two parties. Overall very good work.

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