CANADA IS ...Namwayut: we are all one. Truth and reconciliation in Canada
We are very fortunate to have been lent the sacred, Project of Heart Canoe. It is on loan to us from Surrey school district. Curriculum Support Teachers and Aboriginal Resource Teachers of SD 71 met during the first week of January, 2018 to create a series of lessons in preparation for students and teachers visiting this display. We wanted to get students noticing, thinking and wondering using images and picture books. Many students were able to tap into their background knowledge and make connections to their understanding of residential schools. These lessons have been well received. Even if you don't have access to this exhibit, we hope these lessons are helpful as you lead students toward truth and reconciliation.
Click above for background information, teacher's guide and many resources to use in your classroom.
"The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was formed as a means of reckoning with the devastating legacy of forced assimilation and abuse left by the residential school system. From 2008 to 2014, the commission heard stories from thousands of residential school survivors. In June 2015, it released a report based on those hearings. From that came 94 Calls to Action – individual instructions to guide governments, communities and faith groups down the road to reconciliation. CBC’s Beyond 94 monitors the progress of that journey."
"June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples." from National Indigenous Peoples Day website
Chief Robert Joseph shares his experience as a residential school survivor and the importance of truth and reconciliation in Canada.
CBC news has compiled these stories: "From across this land, the people you are about to meet see a brighter future for all Canadians. Their personal journeys and stories are different, but are all connected by heritage and pride." Click here for more video and journal stories of Canadian Indigenous people.
|||Reconciliation: A Journey for All Canadians|
What does reconciliation mean to you? What does reconciliation look like in the classroom? How will you make reconcilation part of your day to day life? How can we move forward in a postive way to build a new relationship, between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, and hold each other up?
|||Orange Shirt Day|
Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis' story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.
||This demonstration lesson was woven with math, literacy and formative assessment. It was co-presented at the January 23, 2013 CST Meeting. It's intent was to show how an Aboriginal artifact or realia item could be used to weave Aboriginal culture into other subject areas, and how to use the AFL strategies in our lesson plans.
Lesson created by Lynn.Swift@sd71.bc.ca, Melissa.Litke@sd71.bc.ca, Carol.firstname.lastname@example.org, and Cheryl.email@example.com