I wasn’t aware of just how many people are ignorant of the truth and reconciliation act at the time it was finished. 40% of people is incredibly low and I just can’t believe how many people were uneducated on a matter that had hundreds of thousands of people suffering.
The tactics used by the government to take children from their families is also much worse than I had thought. I knew children were forcibly pulled from their homes and forced into residential schools, but I had never heard of them being pulled right off the streets without anyone knowing what happened to them. I just can’t fathom how anyone could kidnap children like that and leave their parents never knowing what happened.
My third fact is interesting but not necessarily surprising. When people first began to come out about their horrific experiences in residential schools, they were accused of lying and taken to court.
Back home, we have a residential school that has actually been repurposed into a museum of sorts. Most kids go multiple times throughout their schooling and ti really cemented into place that we can’t deny the past if we ever want to move beyond it.
Back in Kamloops as well, we had a public school called Ralph Bell. The school was highly focused on helping aboriginal children learn more about their cultures, traditions and language in a school setting by having teachers with the ability to teach and relate to them. Of course, non aboriginal students also attended and it presented a great opportunity to learn about the aboriginal people who settled the area first. The Secwepemc language is offered as a language option in a number of different high schools as well which I believe is super cool and important.
How do we effectively teach treaty education without bringing it to the point of too much causing students to lose interest? In addition, how do we present in a way that is interesting and engaging but presents all the terrible truths?