Blog Post #8: Citizenship

I grew up in the very small town of Chaplin and the K-12 school within my town is dominantly white students. Treaty education and cultural perspectives of Indigenous groups were not taught and were not the focus in my education. This is partially because of the blind ignorance my town and teachers had but also because of the ignorance of the students. The system that was put in place in our school was to create citizens who were ready for the work force or a personally responsible citizen. A type of person who makes conscious and healthy decisions for themselves and their community. Since we were essentially groomed to be these model citizens who do well in school, participate in our community, and do not rebel from the norms of society, there was little room for exploration of opinions. It seemed as if we were being brainwashed by our society to think like the majority of the community which I think is common in small towns.

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