You're just learning about that?!
“You’re just learning about that?!”- These are the words my 9-year-old said to me as I explained that what she was learning in her Social Studies class was the material I was covering in my Indigenous Canada course. Her exasperation at my lack of information left me a bit ashamed of my education. Up until a few years ago, my knowledge of the Indigenous people of my country was limited to the fur trade. I had no idea about the many atrocities inflicted upon them. My eyes started opening after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission started appearing in the news around me. This was when I was in my mid-thirties. The fact that my daughter is learning at such a foundational stage of her life gives me hope for our future. This is one of the many ways the pain of the past can be acknowledged. This is a crucial step in our children learning about and giving respect to Indigenous individuals, their beliefs, cultures, traditions, worldviews, challenges and goals. It is vital to the healing required from centuries of marginalization and injustice.