Canada

The Canadian team has provided professional development and resources to 4,354 educators; reaching over 282,800 students in 618 schools across Canada.

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Our Toronto-based office has provided professional development to Canadian teachers since 1981, becoming a Canadian registered charity in 2008.

As communities across Canada become increasingly diverse, educators are asking for tools to promote empathy, respect, and create a safe classroom environment that encourages conversations about difficult issues. Our invaluable partnerships with school board administrators and educators enable us to provide educators with the tools, strategies, and resources for students to explore themes of prejudice, judgment and justice, and civic responsibility.

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News and Announcements

May 9, 2017

High school students from five schools across the GTA gathered at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto on Tuesday April 25th to present ideas at a community summit on how to integrate Indigenous culture at their schools.

The community summit was the final stage of Decolonizing Schools Together, an initiative organized by Facing History. Read more about the community summit in this recent article in The Torontoist.

April 4, 2017

Kim Wheatley, an Anishnaabe and descendant of residential school survivors, recently spoke to students at Peel schools using Facing History's Stolen Lives resource.

Events Throughout Canada

2018

April

  • 29
    Teaching History with Life Stories
    Workshop
    Manitoba
    10.00 CAD

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    Teaching History with Life Stories

    This workshop will provide teachers with resources and strategies for using personal testimonies to teach about the Holocaust and Canada’s Indian Residential Schools.
    4.29.18
    4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
    Canadian Museum for Human Rights
    85 Israel Asper Way
    Winnipeg, MB R3C 0L5
  • 29
    The Power of Memoir and Storytelling
    Community Event
    Manitoba
    Photo Courtesy of the Azrieli Foundation

    The Power of Memoir and Storytelling

    Theodore Fontaine and Nate Leipciger will discuss the process of writing their memoirs, Broken Circle: The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools: A Memoir and The Weight of Freedom. 

    Theodore Fontaine, former chief of the Sagkeeng Ojibway First Nation and survivor of the Fort Alexander and Assiniboia Indian Residential Schools, is joined for this special event by Nate Leipciger, who as a teenager, survived several Nazi concentration camps and a death march. The two will discuss the process of writing their memoirs, Broken Circle: The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools: A Memoir and The Weight of Freedom. The evening will both highlight the unique and personal nature of each of their experiences while also showing how their experiences intersect in this conversation about loss, trauma and the writing of memoir in the journey toward healing.

     

     

    Canadian Museum for Human Rights
    85 Israel Asper Way
    Bonnie & John Buhler Hall
    Winnipeg, MB R3C 0L5
    4.29.18
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

May

  • 23
    Active Citizenship: An Intergenerational Dialogue
    Community Event
    Ontario

    Active Citizenship: An Intergenerational Dialogue

    Join us to celebrate active citizenship and explore what motivates people across generations to participate in social change.

    George Brown College
    Waterfront Campus
    51 Dockside Drive
    Toronto, ON M5A 1B6
    5.23.18
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July

  • 10
    Foundations for Genocide Studies (Vancouver)
    Seminar
    British Columbia
    400.00 CAD

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    Foundations for Genocide Studies: Holocaust and Human Behaviour (Vancouver)

    In today’s world, questions of how to best build and maintain democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resilient to violence are more relevant than ever. Studying the history of a genocide allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history and fosters their skills in ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical for sustaining democracy. This seminar features the fully revised, digital edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior and is intended for middle and high school teachers of history, literature and humanities.
    7.10.18 - 7.12.18
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre
    50-950 W 41st Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V5Z 2N7
  • 31
    CHC2 History through a Facing History Lens (OTF)
    Seminar
    Ontario

    CHC2 Canadian History through a Facing History Lens (OTF)

    Understanding Canada’s past helps young people understand what it means to be Canadian today, analyze the ethical questions that confront our nation, and consider the choices individuals have to shape the country’s future. This seminar will equip teachers with Facing History and Ourselves’ unique approach, through a study of Canada’s history, for engaging students academically, emotionally, ethically, and as active citizens.
    George Brown College
    Toronto, ON M5R 1M3
    7.31.18 - 8.2.18
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

August

  • 8
    Indigenous Peoples of Canada and Indian Residential Schools
    Seminar
    Ontario
    400.00 CAD

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    Stolen Lives: Indigenous Peoples of Canada and Indian Residential Schools

    Learn about Facing History’s new Canadian resource, Stolen Lives: The Indigenous Peoples of Canada and the Indian Residential Schools. This seminar will introduce educators to strategies and resources that will engage students in learning about this important history, while connecting to the devastating effects the residential schools have had on former students, their families, and entire indigenous communities.
    8.8.18 - 8.10.18
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Location TBC
    Toronto,
  • 15
    Holocaust and Human Behaviour Through History and Literature
    Seminar
    Ontario
    400.00 CAD

    Find details on how to register or pay for Facing History professional development, payment options, help with costs, refunds, and the Facing History Educator Network.

    Examining the Holocaust and Human Behaviour Through History and Literature

    This seminar will feature the fully revised, digital classroom resource, Holocaust and Human Behaviour. Participants will explore historical scholarship, and primary sources,  as well as Elie Wiesel’s Night, poetry, and short stories. 

    8.15.18 - 8.17.18
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Location TBC
    Toronto, ON

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Videos

Get to know our work through stories told by teachers, students, scholars, and partnering organizations.

Facing History in 60 Seconds

There are many classes that teach science, math, and English. There’s only one that teaches us to be more human.

Michael Pitblado of Leahurst College - Kingston, ONT

Students use graphic storytelling to express historical understanding about an upstander of their choosing. They experience empathy by generating discussions about the choices people have made in the past and those we face today.

Toronto Students Experience the Art of Samuel Bak

In the process of creating performance and studio art pieces, watch Toronto students use literature, history, and the symbolism-rich artwork of Samuel Bak to engage in meaningful conversations about how they can create change in the world.

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Facing History, Canada Advisory Board

Lesley Shore, Chair

Ronald Hoffman
Amos Key Jr.
Nate Leipciger
Madeleine Levy
Myra Novogrodsky*
Jeff Rayman
Carole Ann Reed*
Susan Steinberg
Betty Ann Taylor*
Jared Trotman
Michael Uster
Sharon Weintraub
Margaret Wells*
Margie Wolfe*

* Emeritus

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