Bert Fox Community High School
Fort Qu'Appelle, SK
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When Treaty Education was implemented in Saskatchewan in 2008, Sheena realized she didn’t know anything about the history of Canadian Treaties, and yet as a Saskatchewan educator, she was expected to implement Treaty education cross-curricularly. In 2011 – in an effort to educate herself – she started a blog called Treaty Walks www.treatywalks.blogspot.com.
According to Sheena, a Treaty Walk is putting one foot on the ground and then the other with historic Treaty on the mind. It’s meditating on a small nuance or a grand concept of Treaty. It’s sharing Treaty knowledge as part of an individual’s personal journey. It’s bringing the five senses to the Treaty table. It’s one small step in and toward Treaty. It’s spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical Treaty education. It’s putting Treaty thoughts to action and Treaty actions to thought. It’s Treaty praxis. It’s taking Treaty to school in the morning, and taking Treaty home in the evening. It’s getting up close and personal with Treaty. It’s reclaiming, building, strengthening historic Treaty relationships. A Treaty Walk is recognizing Treaty as a fundamental building block of Canadian society and a vision for the future of Canada.
Outcomes for the activities include authentic writing experiences, experiences conducting primary research, growth in acceptance of Treaty relationships, personal awareness in understanding land and Treaty, deepening treaty relationships within our community (two cultures living together where both groups must understand their treaty rights and responsibilities, each existing in their own identities, yet side-by-side), and an application of these three Cree words which were the basis of the First Nations Worldview when signing Treaty: Miyowicehtowin (getting along with others); Pimacihowin (making a living); Witaskewin (living together on the land).