What is the purpose of teaching Treaty Ed, or First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) Content and Perspectives where there are few or no First Nations, Metis, or Inuit people? What does it mean for your understanding of curriculum that “we are all treaty people”?
I believe that the purpose of teaching treaty education is to inform students of aboriginal and non-aboriginal decent about the past and present of indigenous peoples Treaty education teachers about every historical aspect of Aboriginal people and how history has affected them today. The students that are of non-aboriginal decent, but located in a community with a large population of aboriginal people it allows them to experience and observe their culture. Treaty education is viewed a less crucial topic that needs to be taught, because the students experience, observe and learn about it in their everyday life through the Aboriginal people themselves. The students that are of non-aboriginal decent that not fortunate enough to be in a high populated Aboriginal community, or school are most likely to be oblivious of the traditions and culture of Aboriginal people. The students that are apart of this setting have to be educated on the topic of treaty education, because they may never be educated, or aware of Aboriginal peoples struggles, culture, practices, or traditions.
My understanding of curriculum in “we are all treaty people” is that is necessary to create treaty education outcomes that we can meet while meeting a curriculum document outcome. For instance, in the secondary mathematics curriculum there is an outcome associated with examining and playing games, puzzles, etc. This is where an educator may choose to examine indigenous games that were popular in the past. With using this approach to teaching, an educator is meeting a curriculum outcome, as well as, a treaty education outcome.