I believe that it is important to recognize that We Are All Treaty People and have this be a consistent thought in teachers’ and students’ minds. We need to apply the Seven Teachings (Love, Respect, Courage, Honesty, wisdom, humility, and truth) as guiding principles in the collaboration towards reconciliation and restoration of cultural values, beliefs, and practices that were once forbidden. I believe that teachers need to educate themselves on Treaty Education and Indigenous history and ways of knowing so they can teach with more confidence. From this, I believe that it is also important for teachers to understand that they do not have all the knowledge, stories, and ways of knowing from Indigenous Cultures. Teachers need to understand the importance of bringing in respect Elders, and story keepers to lead ceremonies such as smudges, and blanket ceremonies share their stories, lessons, and experiences. Asking for help is not shameful. Ignoring to educate is. Treaty Education needs to be the main priority and of the equal importance of the “regular” curriculum. These outcomes need to be included and integrated among the curriculum not segregated. Moving forward we need to move away from the segregation of knowledge, race and knowing, and move towards a completely holistic way of knowing. A large part of my reconciliation journey happened when I chose to take part in Project Heart. I feel that I am able to take my own personal lessons, learning, and journey to assist others in their own journey. Through this course, I was able to create a personal connection with the stories that I heard when learning about Residential Schools and Reconciliation. It is these personal connections that allow us to create passion and drive to educate ourselves and others that I want to inflict in my students.
Treaties will be in place “as long as the sun shines, the rivers flow and the grass grows” and should be taught with this timeline in mind.