This evening workshop will be facilitated by staff from The Azrieli Foundation and Facing History and Ourselves.
In this workshop, we will explore resources and strategies for using personal testimonies to teach about the Holocaust and Canada’s Indian Residential Schools. Survivor memoirs and testimonies help students more deeply appreciate and empathize with the human and inhuman dimensions of important moments in history. They supplement what we learn from historians and secondary sources by offering unique perspectives on the difficult and sometimes impossible situations individuals were forced to confront during moments of collective violence and injustice. Looking at these two histories together provides insight into how to bring each historical moment into the classroom with its particular context, while also addressing the universal themes of trauma, suffering and resilience.
In this session teachers will:
- Gain resources, knowledge and teaching strategies for engaging students more deeply in a study of the Holocaust, and/or the Indian Residential Schools
- Receive a copy of Stolen Lives: The Indigenous People of Canada and the Indian Residential Schools, as well as memoirs from the Azrieli Foundation Survivor Memoirs Program
- Learn more about an upcoming discussion on loss, trauma and memoir with Theodore Fontaine, former chief of the Sagkeeng Ojibway First Nation and survivor of the Fort Alexander and Assiniboia Indian Residential Schools
This workshop is intended for middle and secondary school teachers of English, history and other social sciences.
Our event has been made possible in part by the Azrieli Foundation and the Government of Canada.
A light dinner will be served.
Please note: Registration information will be shared between Facing History and Ourselves and The Azrieli Foundation's Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program.