Creative journal 4

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For my creative journal four I decided to based it off “moments of relearning & unlearning” from Jade Ho’s paper. I have drew me in the past going down both of the paths of unlearning and relearning, because not only until recently have I learnt about the importance of land and the history behind it. Growing up in Moose Jaw and travelling to Regina lots I never knew that I lived so close to Treaty 4. It wasn’t until my first year of University in ecs 110 that I learnt we were living near a Treaty signing. In grade school they took us to Fort Qu’Appelle a few times but all I can remember from it would be just general stereotypes about First Nations/Aboriginals, they didn’t teach us anything while we were there, its like they expected to take us and we just know what is going on. We watched pow-wows, we made bannock, we also watched an Elder smoke Bison meat, we even got to go stand inside of tipis, but that was all I took in from it, I didn’t know why they lived in tipis and why that was sacred, and the history behind Fort Qu’Appelle and these people we were visiting. It would have been a great history lesson for us students while we were there if our teachers would have told us about the history and why we were visiting this place and why these people held pow-wows, because to us students it was just a fun field trip.  “One of the dangers of formal schooling is“it will imprint a disciplinary template onto impressionable minds and with it the belief that the world really is as disconnected as the divisions, disciplines, and subdisciplines of the typical curriculum.” (3.)

 

“I knew then I had to re-learn and re-cultivate affinity with nature and start slowing

down to appreciate and understand life’s beauty and suffering. Through this process, I

had come to see the complexity of my own situatedness. I had to shed the layers of my

own privilege and oppression— as drifter from culture to culture, and place to place, I

have become a colonizer and the colonized, the privileged and underprivileged, oppressor and the oppressed.” (12.) It is very important to notice your own oppression and to know the history to imprint it onto your students to avoid white privilege and oppression, to let them know that the land is not yours, you may own a property of land one day but the land you live on goes way back and they need to be aware of the history of Canadian colonialism. When we went to the Regina Indian Industrial School I wanted to go in and pay my respects but it is not my place, I do not have family history with this, and even though I only wanted to go in there with good intentions, it may be seen to others of that culture and background as disrespectful, and we need to teach our students that. “For this reason, a critical pedagogy of place fails to recognize that

there are many intergenerational traditions that have evolved in ways that co-exist with

the environment in non-destructive ways and it also fails to include the long and diverse

histories places have.” (5.)

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