You may be wondering, “what are treaties?” The Treaty Essential Learnings: We Are All Treaty People, a resource created by the Office of the Treaty Commissioner, defines treaties as “foundational agreements entered into for the purpose of providing the parties with a means of achieving survival and stability, anchored on the principle of mutual benefit. We all come to treaty education from different places. Some of us may have a very sound understanding of treaties in Saskatchewan. Perhaps we come from a family or have had a teacher who valued learning about treaties. But most of us have had little education about treaties. Most educational institutions in Saskatchewan did not place a great deal of value on treaty education, until more recently. And many of us do not come from Saskatchewan, or even from Canada. Is it any wonder then, why so few of us don’t understand that even today, treaties are living agreements that make us all treaty people? Regardless of our past, today we have an opportunity to compensate for what we do not know, and this educational experience seeks to provide that opportunity.
The self-directed online module consists of: videos, self assessment quiz, rich textual summary including links to numerous resources that provide additional definitions and readings to deepen the learning experience and ends with an opportunity for written self-reflection. With facilitator, Lyndon Linklater, participants will gather with other faculty and staff who have also completed the module to “unpack” the issues and questions that have arisen during their journey through the treaty module. These face-to-face meetings are what should make this treaty education meaningful and lasting, providing human connection along with the self- directed learning.
Having employees who are knowledgeable about Aboriginal issues will make the University of Saskatchewan better able to serve Aboriginal students and will lead us to be better advocates for the value of Aboriginal education.
Dates, Format & Time Frame for Completion
Dates for the winter term are:
Feb. 4, 1:30 - 3:30 pm Register here
March 26, 1:30 - 4:30 pm Register here
April 29, 1:30 - 4:30 pm Register here
NOTE: When registering for a session you are required to complete the online portion of the module before attending the face-to-face session. Once you have registered for a session, your nsid will be used to allow you access to the module through Blackboard. The module will open in plenty of time before the face-to-face so you can complete the online portion.
- An estimated time for competion of entire module is 1.5 to three hours and the face-to-face session is another three hours. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the GMCTE at 966-2231.
This learning opportunity is supported by the Office of the Provost, Vice-Provost Teaching & Learning and The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness.