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.