April 1 was our field trip to Fort Qu’Appelle. When I woke up that morning, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I was expecting us to go to Fort Qu’Appelle, walk around, visit a couple places and then call it a day. Never did I expect, to learn and experience so much in one… Continue reading A Trip to Fort Qu’Appelle
This week, we had the opportunity to participate in a pipe ceremony with Alma. We were to have this experience a couple weeks prior but due to the North Wind trying to go home to make room for spring (aka a bad snowstorm) it was postponed. Thankfully, this time the North Wind stayed at bay.… Continue reading A Pipe Ceremony with Alma
What a week! First of all, we were thankful enough to have Sheena Koops and her students come and visit us. It was such a moving experience and I am very grateful that they took the time to come. Each of the boys introduced themselves on top of doing a short presentation. Before I go any… Continue reading Sheena Koops, Her Students & First Nations Education
During last weeks seminar, one of the stations discussed feminism and treaty education. Something that was brought up whether or not feminism and Indigenous feminism can be intertwined. Something that came up that I found to be interesting was this idea that as a society we are so concerned with labels and having everything in… Continue reading What is with all the labels?
On Tuesday, Russell Fayant from SUNTEP came and discussed Metis people and their involvement in the treaty making process and then the seminar group added to that discussion. I found both these experiences to be very eye opening. Something that really struck me was the fact that Metis people are more than just half European and… Continue reading The Metis
For this seminar, it was my turn to be the one presenting. The topic we chose was symbolism in the Treaties and we chose to do stations instead of whole group. We decided to go outside of the classroom for two of our stations and we mostly did this to keep the noise level down… Continue reading It’s My Turn
Last week we had another seminar titled Confronting and Eliminating Racism. Something that really stuck with me was the idea of eliminating racism and it got me thinking….can we actually eliminate racism? Personally, I think that it would be almost impossible to completely eliminate racism. However, we can try disrupt it. Racism, in my opinion, is… Continue reading Eliminating Racism. Can We Do It?
This week I was able to participate in The Blanket Exercise. But before I get started on that, here is a little bit of information taken straight from the website… The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught. Developed in response to the 1996 Report… Continue reading Can We Really Be In Their Shoes?
So the other day, I was scrolling through Facebook like every other university student who is procrastinating and I came across an interesting post on the UofRConfessions page… I can relate to this person and the questions they raised. I am a soon to be graduate and I am looking forward to getting into the school… Continue reading Why A Separate Curriculum?!
What does it mean to be a treaty person? Well that is a good question and I have no idea how to answer it… Treaties are new territory to me. They were basically nonexistent in my schooling until high school. However I still only had minimal exposure to them. It was something that my teacher… Continue reading Initial Ideas