Inquiry Project Post #6: 100 Years of Loss

Throughout my inquiry project, I have highlighted a lot of different reasons why Indigenous education is crucial to be taught in schools because of the serious implications of the past still being so prominent in our society today. However, I haven’t really highlighted how I have found to actually include this in the classroom. One thing that I really struggle with is actually implementing Treaty Education in the classroom. I am so excited about  a resource I have found that I will most definitely use in my future classroom, hopefully even as soon as internship in the fall.lgacy_logo-300x67

A friend told me about this website called Legacy of Hope Foundation, where you can request specific resources from the organization for teachers to use in the classroom. These resources are created with the purpose of educating and creating awareness about the legacy of residential school and the intergenerational impact it has had on First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. The organization also supports the ongoing healing process of Residential School Survivors.

I requested a 100 Years of LosIMG_0708s curriculum, with little hope that I would actually receive one because the organization survives on donations alone, and gives away these amazing resources for free, therefore it is in high demand and they are only able to give what they have at the moment. However a few weeks after requesting a resource, the curriculum was mailed to me, entirely for free!

IMG_0711 I cannot express how enthused I am with receiving this incredible resource. It is absolutely amazing. It comes in a very organized folder with an information booklet, a teacher’s guide video, and a teacher’s guide filled with information, lesson plans, and activates.

The information booklet is filled with information about the foundation, as well as a brief overview of what residIMG_0710ential schools were, the conditions, the healing and reconciliation that is trying to happen, as well as information about what we can do as educators and Canadian citizens.

The teacher’s guide is filled with more information about how to use the guide, dealing with tough situations and how to get through them,background information about Residential Schools, and then six very detailed lesson plans with complementary resources such as actives and information.

Finding this resource gives me hope because it shows that there are real steps being take-in the direction of young teachers like myself are being educated and given the right tools (sometimes, free of charge!) to incorporate Treaty Education.                                                                    IMG_0715IMG_0712       IMG_0713


Inquiry Blog Post #5: Problematic Stereotypes

In my previous post, I wrote about the importance of teaching Indigenous education because without the proper education, then it is so easy to fall into stereotypes without even realizing. I don’t just want to bring awareness to my students but I want to challenge them to dig deeper, and think harder about why there are stereotypes involved.

For example, “Those EvanMunday_530_289_90Drunk Indians” is published in briarpatch magazine online, which explains very well how the stereotypes in Canada are very prominent. There is a quote in this article that was heartbreakingly real, “I am seen as an Indian first,” she says. “Then a woman. After that, it doesn’t matter that I’m gay or an auditor or someone’s aunt. I’m already less than.”

Why is this true? This is exactly why Indigenous education needs to be implemented more, and mandatory, as I challenged in my previous post. It should not be a choice, because it is not a choice for this woman to be seen as anything less than she is just because she is an Aboriginal woman.

As I mentioned also in previous posts, awareness and knowledge is the missing piece in my opinion. I grew up surrounded by countless stereotypes about Aboriginal people. It wasn’t until I was educated that I started asking the important questions such as why and how can I change this? If students aren’t aware of our country’s history, then how could they begin to understand the stereotypes and the implications that come with them?

The reason this is so important is because we need to fill the gap between Canadians and Aboriginal Canadians. For example, the article references the countless Aboriginal women that have gone missing and have been murdered, and yet there has been hardly anything done about it. It has been years, decades animages-1d there it is still not a pressing matter, as it absolutely should be. Again, I didn’t know about any of these because the media seems to be covering news stories from one side – the privileged. There is hardly any media coverage from the Aboriginal perspective.

The article also references the horrible murder trial for Cindy Gladue, who bled to death in an Edmonton hotel room from an 11-centimetre wound in her vagina. The white man was found not guilty, afterUnknown graphic images of her wounded vagina were on display for all of the jury to see. Would this case be any different if the woman was white and the accused man was Aboriginal?

As a cat lover myself, I was devastated to find out that a cat was found in Regina, tortured, with his legs tied up with electrical tape. Evie Ruddy compares the media’s coverage on these stories – the media con3803753_1426867084.7726tinues to post numerous updates about this poor cat and he has even gotten international media coverage. Citizens have fallen in love with this cat and have raised over $22,000 for him. How is it that a cat can get more media coverage, whereas a horrific murder trial with an outrageous verdict is nearly hidden from the public?

This article, and this author’s experience with stereotypes is exactly why Indigenous education is so crucial for our society. There is no question that we have a long way to go, but I am confident that once there is more awareness raised, the critical questions will soon follow.

“Man Up Against Violence” Conference Response; Connections to Female Shaming in Our Society


After attending events at the “Man Up Against Domestic Violence” conference, I stumbled across the picture above on my Facebook Newsfeed. This photo really got me to think, and it upset me for a few different reasons.

Since hearing Jackson Katz speak so passionately about this issue, I am really intrigued in what he was talking about. For instance, when he spoke about people talking about using passive voices when it comes to domestic violence, such as “57 women raped” as opposed to “Men raped 57 women” really stood out to me. I had never thought about that before, but now that I have it really bothers me because it shouldn’t be only the woman’s issue, the men need to be involved in it as well! At first I was somewhat leery of the name, because in itself is somewhat sexist. There is without a doubt abuse that happens to others, not only specifically women, and “manning” up is insinuating that there males are in power and it is the masculine thing to be a man. However, what Jackson Katz made me realize is that there is no shortage of females involved with this, but that men are the missing link is raising awareness about this issue; hence the name.

In regards to the picture above,  I think this is one of the reasons that women are more often victims than men. This picture basically says, “Hey, if a girl has nice under garments, she obviously wants to have sex – even if she doesn’t.” To me, this is shocking. Having pride in what you wear and how you dress does not make it okay for men to objectify you. I don’t dress to impress males, or to give them a “vibe” or an “okay” to look and do as they please. This is an example of how our society makes females feel bad for abuse against them. This picture is insinuating that if a female was to wear a ratty old bra and old underwear, then her chances of being abused are lowered. Females shouldn’t be worried about “turning” guys on with what they wear. Especially what they wear under their clothes. To me, this picture portrays to both sexes that if a female is wearing nice underwear then they are “asking for it”.

It is completely outrageous for our society to think that a pair of underwear decides whether or not sex will happen. People decide when sex can happen. People = plural. Not just one person, both people are involved in making the decision. With so much happening in our society surrounding this issue, there of course, is the Jian Ghomeshi news story blowing up at the moment. This is an example of why females feel bad about abuse that happens against them because they feel as if it is their fault in some way. A blog post by Reva Seth, a victim of Ghomeshi discusses why she felt as if she couldn’t come forward about her abuse, she said that she felt she couldn’t say anything because they were friends and they had kissed and fooled around before, and when it went further than she had wanted she didn’t think it abuse because she had allowed it to happen before. This can be related to the photo above. As a female, I can relate to how it may be portrayed as my fault because I “dressed” a certain way, so in turn, “I asked for it” somehow.

In my opinion, anyone of any age, gender, sex and occupation can say no whenever they want to whomever they want. People shouldn’t feel bad about saying no. Anyone who has been abused shouldn’t be afraid to speak out because they are victims, and shouldn’t be shamed by our society for not doing anything wrong. In the wise words of Yehuda Bauer found on the Man Up Against Violence website, “Thou shalt not be a victim, thou shalt not be a perpetrator, but, above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.” It is time to stand up and raise awareness.