FNT2T Life Long Learning: Reflecting on What We Learned About Contact

Treaty 2 Territory – Boozhoo! Last week FNT2T Life Long Learning discussed what we learned and didn’t learn in school as students. We reflected on what is (absent) left out of history classrooms when it comes to First Nations (Indigenous) peoples’ history. Life Long Learning created some fun online learning activities for the FNT2T Youth Council Gathering in June. We’d like to share those activities with those who interested in reflecting on what they learned and did not learn in school.

Last week’s activity focused on Time Immemorial. It is often said that young people need to learn about who they are and where they come from to know where they are going so last week’s activity asked activity asked questions around traditional knowledge, oral history, the Seven Teachings (Laws), Anishinaabe clan system, and matriarchal societies.

This week’s activity will focus on the era of Contact which is when the newcomers arrived on Turtle Island. Many use the term ‘settler’ to refer to newcomers of Turtle Island, but there has been criticism of this term as it assumes that First Nations (Indigenous) peoples were not ‘settled’ when in fact they were very much settled; however, their worldview and Natural Law(s) guided them so that the earth and its resources could renew and replenish themselves therefore many Nations would move around within their traditional territories. This was interpreted by newcomers and written in history books as ‘nomadic’ when in fact many First Nations (Indigenous) peoples remained within their own traditional territories. The land was not empty. And the land was sustainably harvested in our own way(s).

Here is a link to the second activity, Contact: https://quizizz.com/join?gc=36097638. Have some fun while reflecting on what we learned and didn’t learn in school. We also want to reflect on further changes in curriculum and schools. Change in education. The next two week’s activities will be Colonization and Contemporary. Why is it important that young people know their history and where they come? Because they are the next generation of leaders and as we approach the 150th year of the making of Treaty 2, we understand that the younger generation must understand their inherent rights, Aboriginal rights, and Treaty rights. They will carry on the work of their ancestors and relations.

Miigwetch! Renew and revitalize.