Oct​ 7th blog post

Reconciliation is telling the truth, apologizing and meaning it, and changing the future for the better. Without one of these 3 things, reconciliation will not happen. Hiding the truth invalidates survivors’ experiences and harms them. Not apologizing means not admitting fault and false apologies mean nothing.  most importantly, if you don’t change your ways after you apologize, the cycle of hurting, apologizing and hurting again will just continue. In the article, it says: “decolonization as an act of resistance must not be limited to rejecting and transforming dominant ideas; it also depends on recovering and renewing traditional, non-commodified cultural patterns such as mentoring and intergenerational relationships.” Gruenewald (2003), paraphrasing Bowers (2001). Ignoring the treaty and dismissing the history of one people to shove in your own and make them like you is decolonization. Canada and Saskatchewan are supposed to be a “mosaic” although for a long time we as a country/province didn’t really do a great job of that. In today’s classroom, we as educators need to be mindful of decolonization when we teach our versions of history 

3 thoughts on “Oct​ 7th blog post

  1. I very much agree that if people do not change their ways after acknowledging that they were wrong, it can lead to more people getting hurt or feeling invalidated. I would have liked to read more about your thoughts on the quote you chose to incorporate to understand why you chose that quote. I really like your final thought of educators needing to be mindful of decolonization while teaching, it plays a major role in how we pass knowledge down to our students.


  2. I like your point about the 3 things needed to reconcile. How might you be able to help students recognize this through your teaching? I also agree that being mindful of decolonization is definitely a step in the right direction of teaching positively.


  3. I think you make some great points here about reconciliation and what that means in the context of Saskatchewan. However, I think you may have missed the messages of place in this week’s reading. How would you incorporate place in your own teaching? I agree with your point about the harms of hiding the truth!


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