ECS 311: Pre Midterm Conversation

Questions:

  1. What will it take for you to feel confident in meeting the treaty education mandate?
  2. What barriers to teaching First Nations, Métis and Inuit content and perspectives do you identify as being significant?
  3. In what ways are you a barrier to this work and incorporating this content?
  4. Given the challenges that we have discussed in class, what will you do to prepare yourself to do this work?

My initial response:

I think the main thing that it will take for me to feel confident in meeting the treaty education mandate would be to know where the Indigenous voices are in my community. I will need to know who to contact and reach out to in order to feel comfortable in teaching the Indigenous ways of knowing when that arises through treaty education. In addition, I know I will need these remaining 10 months of my education to thoroughly read through the Treaty Education curriculum and TRC, as well as put effective strategies into practise within the internship portion of my educational journey.

In response to the second question, I was going to say, because I am not FMI person, but then I corrected myself. I am a treaty person, and I believe it is my obligation to expose students to the reality of Canada’s past and the implications for the future. So I guess the biggest barrier would be that not everyone shares this ideology or has seen and heard what I have seen and heard through my education. I know I will not be able to do this on my own, and that lack of support will most definitely be a challenge.

I am a barrier because of my lack of experience and practical use of all that I have learned theoretically. Furthermore, I’m a barrier because of my whiteness, privilege, my internal racism, and the system I identify with. As Mike says, “the air we breathe” has the power to reinforce this oppression and I struggle with the reality of facing how and why I think and I am able to be who I am. I am going to prepare myself to do this work by establishing relationships and putting myself out there. I want to keep an open mind and act out on my beliefs on equal and equitable education. As I read the TRC I can definitely see the opportunities for learning and I plan to use this as a solid template for teaching and learning experiences.

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