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Bringing treaty education to Saskatchewan classrooms

By Costa Maragos Posted: September 22, 2016 6:00 a.m.

More than 200 teachers attended TreatyEdCamp in 2015. Teachers, pre-service teachers, Faculty and members of the public are encouraged to register for TreatyEdCamp2016, October 1. Registration is free.
More than 200 teachers attended TreatyEdCamp in 2015. Teachers, pre-service teachers, Faculty and members of the public are encouraged to register for TreatyEdCamp2016, October 1. Registration is free. Photo courtesy of the Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education and UR STARS are inviting Saskatchewan teachers to the annual TreatyEdCamp 2016, on Saturday, October 1.

“Teachers often say they aren’t sure how to start integrating treaty education in their classrooms,” says Katia Hildebrandt, a PhD candidate and sessional instructor in the Faculty of Education. Hildebrandt is organizing TreatyEdCamp 2016 with Raquel Oberkirsch, Meagan Dobson and members of UR STARS.

”This event is designed to provide lots of opportunities for teachers to collect resources or to hear from educators who are doing incredible things around treaty education,” says Hildebrandt

The sessions are organized for teachers by teachers.

Treaty Ed Camp
Participants at TreatyEdCamp taking part in the Blanket Excercise -  which illustrates the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Photo courtesy of the Faculty of Education

The day is structured around three big questions:

  • What does treaty education mean?
  • How do we do it?
  • What does reconciliation look like in our schools, classrooms and communities?

Some of the sessions include:

  • Treaty education in the elementary classroom
  • Mathematics and the indigenous worldview
  • “In our works, through our eyes”: Indigenous students’ perspectives on teaching treaties and reconciliation

Teachers currently doing treaty education in their classrooms will share their experiences.

“Since 2007, treaty education has been mandatory in Saskatchewan’s K to 12 classrooms,” says Hildebrandt.

“In the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, there are many recommendations that point to the need for all Canadians to understand the treaty relationship. I believe that for reconciliation to move forward, we need to begin the conversation with students at a young age, which is why it is so important for teachers to incorporate treaty education in the classroom.”

Registration is free. The event is open to all. Please visit here for more information. To go directly to the registration page, please visit here.

“We’ve been so amazed by the response to this event,” says Hildebrandt. “Last year, we expected to have 50 people register at best. More than 200 attended. The need and desire to learn about treaty education is obviously there, which is truly heartening.”
 
Event:     TreatyEd Camp 2016
Date:       Saturday, October 1
Time:       8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location:  Faculty of Education – U of R

TreatyEdCamp 2016 is being held by UR STARS at the U of R in partnership with the Faculty of Education and Regina Public Research Interest Group.