Treaty Education on the Web

With #treatyedcamp coming up very soon, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about treaty education in my classes so, even though it doesn’t follow some of the traditional ways of knowing, I started wondering about different ways treaty education is represented on the web. Twitter is a great place for learning and recognising the treaties. My twitter profile, for example, for my location, I point out that I come from Treaty 4 land.

Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 12.43.05 PMThere are lots of great resources if you search or follow #treatyed. Lots of the tweets come from teachers, preservice educators showing their applied versions of Treaty Ed for their classrooms! I always thought (and was told) that education is very solitary in the fact that you spend most of your day with kids who are far younger than you. From my experiences recently, I’ve found that it’s also a lot of networking and sharing. I don’t know many people who I look up to for Treaty Ed or even social justice – which for the most part play in the same circles – (barring a few key people like Katia, Shauneen and Mike) but places like twitter serve to connect and support these voices with other voices, ideas, examples and ways of knowing. 

Even though I live on Treaty 4 land, I found this website for Treaty 6 teachers and students very interesting and inspiring. The only apps that were relevant to the subject were apps for learning indigenous languages when I searched things related to “aboriginal” and “treaty” and nothing came up when I searched “treaty education”. I love the Treaty 6 website because it speaks to the stories and the specific nations who live within the treaty. The website gives some protocol for how to interact with elders and provides supports for teachers. It even has a game.

I’m not sure that technology and indigenous ways of knowing align with each other but I still would love to see some more online resources for Treaty Education. As Claire Kreuger said in her presentation in my ECS210 class last Friday “Bad treaty education is better than no treaty education”. Step number one is getting the resources out there. Sometimes you don’t have the energy to argue a point with someone whose mind won’t change but I believe that at least you may give them a new idea or some information that they can make their own informed choices and actions. Commit to just one thing instead of tackling treaty education as a whole. Read up on some of the stories, Read the TRC, come to #treatyedcamp and just get your feet wet. Tweet about it and connect with others, share resources. The higher the demand, in theory, the more resources and especially online resources in this digital age, will be put onto the internet as classrooms share their work, ideas, and journies. In my opinion, we should follow Treaty 6’s website and create our own for Treaty 4!

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