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Creating a Strong Foundation Through the Treaties

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This lesson is inspired from the Treaty Outcomes and Indicators guide for grade 2.  The social media platform needed for this lesson is a blog (WordPress, Edublogs, blogger, Google+) or YouTube.  You will need a recording device such as an iPad or other tablet.

The outcome for this lesson is as follows: recognize the importance of honesty when examining one’s intentions.

The indicator for this lesson is as follows: share examples of honesty.

Have students work in partner groups.  One student will ask the questions and the other student will answer the questions.  Then they can swap.

The purpose of this lesson is for students to explore the idea of honesty in their personal lives.  Honesty is a big theme for treaty education.  Once students explore the ideas of honesty in their own lives, the idea of honesty can be discussed more in the context of treaties.

Take time to explore the word honesty with the students. Can students think of other words to represent the word honesty? What is the opposite of honesty?  Watch the following YouTube video with your students to help them with ideas for their assignment:

Now with student tablets, show students how to open the video camera application.  Ask the class a question and have them respond on a classroom projector.  Explain to the students that they will be asking questions to a partner like they are detectives.  Discuss and record the questions on a projector or whiteboard.  These are the following questions:

1) What is honesty?

2) Where is it important to be honest?

3) Why is it important for students to be honest at school?

4) Was there ever a time you were dishonest to somebody?

After students complete this activity display some of their videos on the classroom projector.  What did students learn from other videos?

Now it is time to relate honesty to the treaties.  At the signing of Treaty 4 in Saskatchewan, First Nations peoples were promised many things in exchange for the land.  Some of these things included education, such as schools on reserves.  Other promises were made as well.  However, today not all of these promises are being fulfilled.  For example, although there are schools on reserves many of them are underfunded meaning on-reserve children do not receive the same benefits as students living in urban centers.  Do students think this is fair for First Nations peoples of today?

Now have students respond to what you told them about above using the video camera application on their tablets.  Continue discussions of honesty throughout the year.

Post the videos on a classroom blog or YouTube (if you post it on YouTube you can create a response video to the one above).

Learning That We Are All Treaty People

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This lesson is inspired from the Treaty Outcomes and Indicators for grade one.  The theme for grade one is “Learning That We Are All Treaty People.” The social media platform needed for this lesson is YouTube.

Outcome: Explore what is meant by We Are All Treaty People.

Indicator: Represent that all Saskatchewan people are treaty people from the time the treaties were signed, through to today, and into the future.

Show students the Horizon Treaty Education video on YouTube.  This video was student produced by Horizon School Division #205.  This video will show students that no matter who you are or how you look, as long as you live in Saskatchewan you are a treaty person.  Students living in Regina, Saskatchewan live on Treaty 4 territory.

This video has a similar message and is produced by Claire Kreuger and her grade 3 students in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

On name tags, put the message “I am a Treaty Person” on them and have students wear them in class.  Explain that if you live on land where treaties were signed it makes you a treaty person.

Take a class picture of students wearing their name tags and have students hold up a sign of the words “I am a Treaty Person.”  You can use this picture for a PWIM (Picture Word Inductive Model). These discussions can then be continued throughout PWIM activities.