Teachers such as the intern mentioned in the post often question themselves and the curriculum’s contents, especially regarding First Nations peoples. We may ask ourselves why it is important to learn about First Nation values and treaties when there are few to none present in the class. The reason is that even if our schools are lacking in cultural diversity, our world includes people of many different backgrounds, and although they may seem foreign to us, from a different perspective it is our traditions that seem alien. In the classroom, we must understand other cultures and their individual histories to overcome our own hidden prejudices inside all of us, and by introducing new concepts relating to First Nations culture, we can build stronger relations and avoid mistakes made in the past. As Chambers explains, we have all experienced the severing of who we once were, so we must understand why learning about and reestablishing ancient traditions is important.
Treaties do not just apply to the First Nations; everyone living in Canada is a treaty person. In the past, treaties were originally designed to be agreements between two countries. However, these agreements were exploited immediately by European settlers, and the promises to the First Nations were frequently broken for centuries. In the curriculum, we must explore why this was a breach of agreement and betrayal, and why it contributed to the destruction of Native traditions. When we refer to everyone being treaty people, what we mean is that everyone is part of a great community that aims to build a better experience for all and establish relations regardless of animosities. The classroom is the first step to teaching everyone about their place in Canada’s community and why First Nations history is important.