Miskasowin. Identity. Relationships. Action. History. Journey. Perspectives. Treaties. ReconciliACTION. Reflection. White settler. Critique. Allies. Treaty person. Disruption. Complicating. Explanation.
These words have stuck with me during the process of finding out who I am.
Miskasowin: Finding one’s sense of origin & belonging; Finding ‘one’s self’ or Finding ‘one’s center’.
This was the first Cree word I learned. I think about this word a lot because I have been trying to figure out who I am and what my purpose is. I think about how I have grown in my identity now compared to many years ago. I realize the importance of building and maintaining relationships. I realize that if I want to take action, I have to do more than having conversations with others. I realize that I might be uncomfortable talking about First Nations, Metis, Indigenous peoples because I will always be learning. This is complicating but I realize that as a future teacher, there are going to be lessons and topics that are uncomfortable but that is all part of the journey.
Tapwewin: speaking the truth with precision and accuracy.
This Cree word is one that I hope I always remember the meaning of. I am going to be a teacher which means I have to speak the truth in everything I teach. Since I am still uncomfortable with teaching about Canada’s hard past, I need to make sure I am speaking the truth because I want my students to fully understand the truth.
In the last few years, I would say that I have moved on from being uneducated, having only a Eurocentric worldview and being scared to take action to being educated, understanding our history, building relationships, reflecting about who I am, taking action and realizing that I am always learning. I am able to identify who I am; a white, able-bodied, cyst-woman, settler. I think these are big steps into the journey I am on as a future teacher.