Created in 2017 for the last 150 days of the year, this list of 150 acts of reconciliation will encourage students and teachers to think about the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action in practical and meaningful ways.
This collection focuses on cultural awareness, traditional knowledge and the contemporary challenges facing Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples across Canada as we begin to explore reconciliation together.
This timeline of residential schools in Canada begins in January 1831 and provides many significant events through to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and apologies from the federal government. Look for embedded links to additional information.
This powerful animated film tells the story of Chanie Wenjack, a 12-year-old Ojibwa boy who died of exposure in 1966 while running away from a residential school. The story is told through music by Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie and illustrations by graphic novelist Jeff Lemire.
This is a collection (from University of Toronto) of resources for teachers, relating to Gord Downie's book The Secret Path. Resources include background articles and information for teachers, as well as various lessons and tools divided by grade level.
This new (2018) resource includes a four-volume set of books, an online interactive atlas, giant floor maps and educational resources for classrooms. The collection includes a glossary of common Indigenous terms and information on Indigenous communities, languages, education, treaties and lands. One section is devoted to Truth and Reconciliation and residential schools.
The Blanket Exercise is a teaching tool to share the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Watch the video showing the Exercise where blankets arranged on the floor represent land and participants are invited to step into the roles of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.
Kairos provides many resources for planning or facilitating the Blanket Exercise, including a framework for using this exercise in a way that is respectful, safe and meaningful. There is also a curriculum guide and a glossary of terms with a discussion about language use.
This is an opportunity for students to develop inquiry skills to help them understand the history and legacy of Canada’s Indian residential schools. The guide includes a message to teachers, pdf guides and the Heritage Minute about Chanie Wenjack.
From the Government of Northwest Territories, Government of Nunavut, and the Legacy of Hope Foundation, this teaching resource provides some possible approaches to engaging students in learning about Residential Schools. Note: primarily directed to Northern students.
Find sample lesson plans to support Education for Reconciliation through the inclusion of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit perspectives; treaty education; and residential schools’ experiences, with learning outcomes identified in the current Alberta programs of study.
This lesson plan about Truth and Reconciliation, Chief Wilton Littlechild and advancements in human rights is created for grades 5-12. The lesson includes learning targets, guiding questions, student activities and supporting documents.
This very helpful document from the Alberta Teachers' Association explains some of the terminology or words used to describe First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Learn about the use of preferred terms and tips for the next steps as educators.
Learn about workshops that provide participants with an opportunity to strengthen their foundational knowledge of First Nations, Métis and Inuit. Contact Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation for additional information on available workshops and resources.