Response 1: Shattering the Silence
The phrase “Silence, it really is deafening.” really speaks to me. The fact that the First Nations were silenced from talking about their past in the residential schools because it was frowned upon. The fact that First Nations people who go missing are not broadcasted. History is repeating the discrimination against First Nations people and the outrage of the First Nations is not always heard and acknowledged. Although the nation as a whole is moving forward, the process, to me at least, is too slow. As a future teacher I hope to live in a time where the discrimination against First Nations people no longer exist. If not I hope to be a part of the change.
Response 2: Muffins for Granny
When Roy Thomas talked about how when he first walked in to the residential school, he said that he noticed the Jesus on the cross. This is a prominent figure in the Christian religion but as a person who has never seen it before said he was terrified. He thought Jesus was getting punished for something he did and that he will suffer the same fate if he misbehaved. The Whites thought that the First Nations people were savages but in the eyes of Roy Thomas, the Whites were the savages. It is very ironic that the Christians wanted to make the First Nations more civilized in a very uncivilized manner. The fact that Ralph Johnson thought that an eternity in hell would be better than living with the memories of residential school is appalling. What is more appalling is the fact that schools neglect to teach students this prominent and very recent piece of history. I was taught that all of this happened in the distant past but this movie states that the last residential school closed its doors in 1996. That is within my lifetime. I am glad the ECS classes are teaching students that this is an important part of Canada and hope that this will lead to future teachers taking an interest and strives to teach the history of the First Nations people properly.
Response 3: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
While Peggy McIntosh makes some very good points in her list, they are still from the point of a White person. As an immigrant, I can immediately add another point to her list.
- I can live my life without people constantly trying to guess my ethnicity and guessing it wrong.
For as long I can remember, numerous people had assumed that I am Chinese. There has been only one person who correctly guessed my ethnicity throughout my days in elementary school and high school. Even in University, I am assumed to be Chinese, even by the professors/instructors. While I believe focusing on the history and the discrimination of the First Nations people is very progressive, University of Regina is still lacking in the awareness of the Asian ethnicity. I am not sure about the black community and how they are represented but I believe it is relatively similar to the Asian community. I hope that by the time I graduate, I will be able to see some change. If not, as a teacher I will do my best to make a change.