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.


Getting to Know My Community

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The theme for the Kindergarten Treaty Outcomes and Indicators is “Getting to Know My Community.”  Within this theme there are four outcomes: Treaty Relationships, Spirit and Intent of Treaties, Historical Context and Treaty Promises and Provisions.

The outcome this lesson will focus on is Treaty Relationships: Examine the diversity of First Nations people living in Saskatchewan starting with the classrooms and communities in which they live.  The indicator it will focus on is: compare similarities across and among First Nations and other cultures.

The type of social media required for this lesson is YouTube.  The first video is of a young boy from the Alexis reserve about 70 KM from Edmonton.  Show students the video and ask them what they noticed about the video.  Record some of their thoughts down on a Microsoft Word document/Google+document, or other format for saving information.  Sign up for a YouTube account and leave a comment for this little guy so he can know what your Kindergarten class thought of his singing and drumming!

The second video to show students is of two Inuit throat singers from Arviat, Nunavut in Canada.  A rich part of Inuit traditions is throat singing.  Like the video above, ask students what they thought of the video.  Take some time to research throat singing so you can share this information with your students.  Please comment from your YouTube account what your students thought of the video!

Now that your students have had the opportunity to watch both videos discuss the similarities/differences amongst the two groups of Aboriginal peoples.  This lesson can be a start to a unit of study on both groups of people: First Nations and Inuit.