In this seminar, we will explore the history of Canada’s 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.
Recommended for Canadian middle and high school teachers.
In this seminar you will:
- Receive historical background materials, and participatory teaching strategies to engage students in learning about the 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
- Hear personal testimony from survivor Evelyn Wolfe, 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 seminar you will:
- Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including units and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia
- Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost
Lorrie Gallant (Facilitator) is a writer, illustrator, storyteller, visual artist, educator, and Expressive Arts Practitioner, born and raised on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She is from the Cayuga Nation and of the Turtle Clan. Lorrie has worked as the Education Program Coordinator at the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford for 10 years and continues to reveal the rich culture of the Haudenosaunee, the history and current issues in her work. Lorrie is the recipient of the 2015 Ontario Arts Foundation Artist Educator Award.
Jasmine Wong (Facilitator) is a Senior Program Associate with Facing History and Ourselves. She has facilitated at numerous workshops and conferences across Canada, supporting non-Indigenous educators like herself to learn, teach, and respond to the history and legacies of Canada's Residential Schools.
This seminar is funded in part by the Government of Canada (Dept. of Canadian Heritage).