Stolen Lives: Exploring the Native American Experience in North America

Stolen Lives: Native Americans in North America

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Stolen Lives: Exploring the Native American Experience in North America

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What are the implications of encounters with the West for indigenous populations of North America? In this workshop, through primary source texts and survivor testimonies, we will explore the history and experiences of indigenous people in the Indian Residential Schools in both Canada and the United States. In particular, we will examine how these schools defined membership for these populations and helped erode indigenous identity. Historian Tony Platt, author of Grave Matters, which chronicles the history of the treatment of native remains in California, will join us to discuss the importance of teaching this all but forgotten history of native peoples.

In this workshop you will:

  • Receive historical background materials and participatory teaching strategies to engage students in learning about the experience of Native Indigenous Peoples

  • Use teaching strategies to safely navigate student discussion when exploring difficult history

  • Discover new teaching strategies that help students examine 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

  • Receive a free copy of Stolen Lives: The Indigenous Peoples of Canada and the Indian Residential Schools


After this workshop you will:

  • Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia

  • Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost


Recommended for middle and high school teachers.


Dinner will be provided. Please indicate any dietary needs in the registration form. This workshop qualifies for 3.5 professional development hours.

Brandeis School of San Francisco
655 Brotherhood Way
San Francisco, CA 94132
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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