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Megan Auger and Rhonda Gladue

In an effort to counter existing narratives and make space for Indigenous perspectives, the IKWC Research Team has created Treaty Resource Kits. These kits are supplementary material designed to encourage critical thinking and engagement through an Indigenous lens for grades K-12.

Treaties are a significant part of Canadian history, and yet, often downplayed in textbooks as land cessations necessary for nation-building. Contrary, our oral history accounts define treaties as sacred ceremonies made between Peoples and the Creator; living documents that would set the path for a new familial relationship. These relationships were to be based upon trust, solidified through ceremonial conventions such as smoking the pipe and gift-giving. The land was not ceded, but rather, intended to be shared by both parties.

Join Rhonda Gladue and Megan Auger in this interactive and informative presentation that rethinks teaching Treaty history through the inclusion of oral history accounts, primary sources, and meaningful lessons. When students see a reflection of themselves in the classroom and are accurately informed of their history, we can foresee a new generation of critical thinkers who can better challenge systems set on promoting assimilation over sovereignty.

“Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, and with each other.” Paulo Freire


Megan Auger is an Interviewer/Researcher at the Indigenous Knowledge and Wisdom Centre (IKWC), located in Edmonton, AB. She obtained her B.A. in Anthropology from MacEwan University in 2017 and is currently working towards a B.A in Sociology. One of Megan’s areas of focus is researching and vetting resources to share on the IKWC’s Virtual Library. From a young age she has enjoyed learning about history and enjoys listening to people talk about their life experiences. Her interests include reading, photography, travelling, and learning about different cultures.

Rhonda Gladue is from  Kito Sahkahikan (Calling Lake, Alberta) in Treaty 8 Territory. She completed her formal education at U of A, graduating with her B.Ed. in Secondary Education and Native Studies Degree. The other form of education she received/s derives from Traditional Cree teachings and protocols taught by Elders and Knowledge Keepers of her community. Her role as the Senior Researcher at the Indigenous Knowledge and Wisdom Centre has strengthened her proficiency and research skills in areas of Treaty Education, Elder teachings, Indigenous Knowledge Systems and policies affecting Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island. Her main interests include Indigenous pedagogy, curriculum studies, and writing.

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Citation Data

Author(s): Megan Auger and Rhonda Gladue
Year: 2023
Title: Redefining How We Teach Treaty
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD12
Article No.: pre-release
Host: Georgetown University
Location: Edmonton, CAN | ONLINE
Symposium Dates: October 6–20, 2023
First published: 13 July 2023
Last update: no update
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404