In this online course, we will explore the history of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools through primary source texts and survivors’ personal testimonies to better understand the devastating history and long lasting impact on former students, their families, and entire Indigenous communities. We will also look at their historical roots and the legacies that followed while examining the apologies given by government and churches, the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the charge of genocide. We will use all of these elements to help students connect this history to their own lives and the choices they make.
In this online course you will:
- Receive historical background materials, classroom-ready videos and participatory teaching strategies to engage students in learning about the Indian Residential Schools
- Use teaching strategies to safely navigate student discussion when exploring difficult history
- Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully
- Engage with survivor testimony and use sensitive and thought-provoking teaching strategies to bring this history into the classroom
- Analyze the legacy of the Residential School System, the role of apology, and methods of meaningful reconciliation
- Explore ways to engage students in meaningful reconciliation in response to the TRC’s Calls to Action
- Receive a free copy of Stolen Lives: The Indigenous Peoples of Canada and the Indian Residential Schools
After this online course you will:
- Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia
- Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost
Who should take this course: 8th - 12th grade Canadian history, humanities, and English language arts teachers and curriculum specialists . Please note due to our funding sources, acceptance priority to this course must be given to Canadian classroom educators.
Cost: $50 Registration Fee
(We are able to waive all other tuition fees for this course due to generous funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage, and The Lindy Green Family Charitable Foundation).
Duration: 5 weeks, with a new session each week. Pre-work begins on October 17th; Course begins on October 24th. Each week’s session begins on Thursday and ends on the following Wednesday.
Time Commitment: Approximately 4 hours per week
Format: Self-paced, asynchronous, with facilitated online and webinar discussions, and survivor testimony sharing
Certificate of Completion: Awarded upon successful completion of the course, for 20 professional development hours