It’s a sad reality that there are teachers in the field that do not think treaty education is important and do not educate their students properly. In my previous school experiences I did not receive meaningful treaty education. I believe it is so important that we as teachers, and our future students, understand that we are all treaty people and that most of us are settlers that need to become unsettled. It is our responsibility to incorporate treaty education into all subject areas meaningfully and have our students truly understand the importance of this place’s history and how it affects everyone today. The excuse that one does not have any Indigenous students in their classroom so they do not have to teach treaty education is not valid. We all need to recognize we are treaty people and make a connection to what it means so be a treaty person on Treaty 4 land and how that impacts each person in their journey of being a settler becoming unsettled.
I believe that treaty ed. camp is a great opportunity for us as pre-service teachers because we are becoming prepared for treaty education before we begin as a teacher, whereas other people who have already been teaching for years are only receiving education now. One thing I will always take away from treaty ed. camp is the reminder about how we refer to this land as Canada. We acknowledge that it has been called Canada for 151 years, but we need to acknowledge the land before that and recognize that there was history here long before Europeans came over to this land. I believe that anything worth doing is never easy, so it will definitely be difficult to teach treaty education when we are faced with people who do not value the importance the same way we do. If it is a difficult topic to teach, it’s often an important one and we need to keep that in mind for our future when we face challenges for teaching treaty education in our classrooms.