Reading Response of Treaties and Identity

From my point of view, “We are all Treaty people” means we are all living on the treaty land. When I was having the lecture on September 26th, I just realized that I am one of the Treaty people who is living in Canada!

As an immigrant in Canada, the first time I got to know deeply about Indigenous people was in grade twelve. I learned about the treaties, but I did not have a strong emotional connection with treaties because I experienced different things in China. I did not think that I am a Treaty person before taking ECS 110. Now, as I learn more about the history of two different cultures, I feel more thankful for the white settlers and Indigenous people who signed treaties in the last century. Without them, I will not be able to live in Canada and learn about its multicultural, and I will not reconsider my identity in a different way.

One of the four courageous conversations “Speak Your Truth” states that “As people try to formulate opinions on the spot, they may rely on the problematic, unexamined perspectives of friends and family. They may sit quietly in agonizing uncertainty.” Along with the article “headdress”, I read this week, an awkward situation like a non-indigenous people wearing headdress happened because we did not fully learn the Indigenous culture. I think it is necessary to learn both Canadians and Indigenous culture to establish a good relationship. When one of the people misunderstanding something and it makes the other group of people feel embarrassed, I think both groups of people should speak up, so that the problem can be fixed immediately without creating a series of issue.

After reading the article “Racism-It’s a Canadian Thing”, it makes me remind that I had experienced racism in Canada. Racism, it is happening in Canada. A person wouldn’t think about racism by himself or herself, there must be other factors that guide this person to think about it and then he or she takes action on it. Racism is like a pestilence, if we can not find the origin of illness and give it a right treatment, it will keep spreading out and affect more people.

6 thoughts on “Reading Response of Treaties and Identity

  1. It is very refreshing to hear an opinion about Indigenous people and White settlers from someone who was not born and raised in Canada. This perspective shines a new kind of light on the subject rather than the “white perspective” and the “Indigenous perspective”. I like the fact that you mentioned the fact that you are grateful for both white settlers and Indigenous people instead of the typical “pick a side” talk around the subject. you mentioned the article “Racism is a Canadian Thing” and the fact that you have experienced Racism in Canada. Have you ever been prejudice towards a white person?

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    1. I have been living in Moose Jaw for three years, I think most people in town are friendly. Ever since that racism thing happened, I started to have a prejudice towards white people that “people who smiled to me are friendly and people who do not smile to me are mean”. Sometimes if I have a conversation with a white person and he/she does not smile to me, then I would think he/she does not like me.

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  2. I too agree that it is interesting to hear about another culture’s perspective on this topic! You state that you “will not reconsider [your] identity in another way”. How have you reconsidered your identity and what does that mean? I believe it is important that we have good relationships as well but people have been stepping up and speaking their minds for years and it seems to be getting us nowhere. For example, the tipis that were set up in Wascana park have caused a lot more issues than peaceful relations. How can we progress past this stage of trying to acquire good relations to actually having good relations? I love how you use the simile that racism is like an illness. Racism is an ongoing problem that has spread over many years. I believe the process we are starting to take to fix this problem is not going to be easy and is going to take many years.

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    1. Now I learned that I am not only a Chinese but also a part of treaty people who are living in Canada, it gives me an ability to consider a thing with three perspectives and I do not have much prejudice on one particular side of them.

      Suppose I meet somebody in a workplace. It is important to make a great relationship with him or her by showing my politeness. I shall bring up a topic on him or her by talking about something relates with the workplace. However, this conversation usually has two results: one went well because he or she is interested in my topic so that he or she does not repel me; the other one went wrong because he or she does not care about my ideas by showing negative body language and facial expression. This would happen sometimes due to his or her beliefs on what kind of identity of me. If the bad one happens, I will not communicate actively with him or her anymore because he or she lacks of education in organizational behavior in a society.

      On my point of view, the same thing applies to the tipis that were set up in Wascana Park. We are still trying to acquire good relations because we do not know what is a good way to communicate with them, to benefit them.


  3. The first time I realized I was also a treaty person was during the lecture on September 26. However, I was born and raised right here on Treaty Four territory as you were not. Why do you think it takes us so long to realize that not only Indigenous people are apart of the treaty? I also believe it is very important to learn both Canadian and Indigenous cultures as we are all living on the land. Having a good knowledge will allow us to make informed decision and make us think twice before applying certain stereotypes or opinions we may form or hear. I believe this will make us become more vocal and speak up about uncertainties allowing us to have conversations we may rather not. I personally have never experienced racism and until joining this class I never really realized that other people do experience it nor have I seldomly thought about it. You talk about how we need to treat racism with the right treatment or else it will keep growing. What are some ways you think we could do to help treat racism?

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  4. I really loved your piece! I agree with Kelsehecs110 that it is very refreshing to get a new perspective from someone who didn’t originate from Canada! You make some very interesting points. I loved how you mentioned about when people may indirectly be racist and they don’t even notice. It sort of makes you wonder how you should approach a situation where someone is being racist. If they are doing it by accident, you don’t want to be harsh to them and give them a hard time. But if they are doing it on purpose, do you just let it go and forget about it? Or do you say something to them and try to right their wrong. I would speak my mind whenever, just to make sure the person knows what’s right or wrong. I’m very curious as to what everyone else thinks about this question as well.

    I also really like your saying you have at the end, “Racism is like a pestilence, if we can not find the origin of illness and give it a right treatment, it will keep spreading out and affect more people”. I say this because I 100% could not agree with you more. If we can’t find the route of what caused the problem, how are we ever going to change? I realize it won’t happen overnight, but I’m hopefully we will see some change in the near future about racism.

    Again very good post! Well done!

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