ECMP 455 · Networked Professional Learning

Thanks for Saving my Butt…

Unfortunately, due to the lack of internet connection, or maybe it was the University of Regina’s server, I missed the exceptional presentation that The University of Regina broadcasted that portrayed Justice Murray Sinclair talking about Truth & Reconciliation. The following post, will be comprised of the Voices of ECMP 445. I have chose common traits that I found existed throughout many individuals posts about the 2016 Woodrow Lloyd Lecture. A HUGE shoutout goes to the ECMP 455 class…

THANKS FOR SAVING MY BUTT!

Common Traits:

  • Overview of the Presentation
  • Important and/or Inspiring Points
  • We are All Treaty People
  • Treaty Education (Saskatchewan Curriculum)
  • Common Questions
  • Resources
Screenshot of the header on the Truth and Reconciliation website, taken on March 1, 2016.

Overview

It was obvious from the beginning of the presentation that Justice Murray Sinclair was not out to pick sides, make people feel guilty, or ashamed of peoples ancestors. Celina Risling mentioned in her post “Truth is Hard but Reconciliation is Harder” that “Sinclair [was] so brave to talk about reconciliation in the first place, and the way he approach[ed] it [was] extremely respectful.” Many individuals mentioned that Justice said it started with answering four questions. These are:

  1. Where do I come from?
  2. Where am I going?
  3. Why am I here?
  4. Who am I?

Lydia McLeod said in her post “The Honourable Justice Murrary Sinclair” that “He spoke of what we should do to help First Nations, Inuit and Metis youth in order to succeed within our society.” The above questions act as a starting point for every individual.

Important and/or Inspiring Points

  • Ms.Keller said, “The most inspiring thing I took away from Murray Sinclair’s talk was that the end game is important, and if we want to reach the end game we need to be committed and patient”
  • Lydia McLeod said, “One of the points he made that stood out to me the most was saying the forgiveness is not necessarily a part of reconciliation.”
  • Marissa Livingstone mentioned the main point to her was, Whatever it is that you do, make sure you never stop doing it.”

We are All Treaty People

We are All Treaty People was commonly pointed out throughout each post that I read. Kylie Harder included an interesting video that summarizes most points that were voiced by ECMP 455.

Treaty Education (Saskatchewan Curriculum)

Ms. Keller pointed out that in the Treaty Education Outcomes and Indicators page it states “By the end of grade 12, students will understand that Treaty relationships are based on a deep understanding of peoples’ identity which encompasses: languages, ceremonies, worldviews, and relationship to place and the land.” Educators are required to present and educate students on this issue. Treaty Education is found in EVERY subject, whether it be Art, or Math. Treaty Education is the foundation of every topic, because it allows educators to build on that knowledge that students have. “Treaties are the reason why we can work together. Living in Saskatchewan, we are all situated on Treaty land, thus it is crucial that students understand what this means and how it affects them” (Rheanne Gerwing). This is why it is important that this message is clearly taught in different areas of The Saskatchewan Curriculum.

Common Questions

  • Why was I not taught about First Nations and Métis culture when it is mandatory in the curriculum?
  • We as teachers must ask not only, “Why am I here?” but “What can I do to bring about positive change? How soon can I start?”
  • I don’t know enough background knowledge, what if I don’t understand?
  • How can I teach if I don’t understand it myself?
  • Why can’t I be do what they do?
  • Why can’t I be as confident as they are?
  • How do you plan to contribute towards reconciliation?
  • Does anyone have suggestions on how to integrate this into a high school math class?

(Credit: Ms. KellerTorilynnMarissa LivingstoneKylie HarderCelina Risling)

Resources

  1. Aaron Peters- “Perfect Crime”

2. Truth and Reconciliation Website

3. 2016 Woodrow Lloyd Lecture Recording

4. Calls to Actions– Directions to us on what we, as a society, can do.

5. What is Reconciliation?

6. Reconciliation: Where will you start?

The resources chosen were compiled from what The Voices of ECMP 455 included in their blogs.

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