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Teaching the History and Legacies of Canada’s Residential Schools

Gain confidence, skills and resources to teach the history and legacies of Canada’s Residential Schools in this interactive online facilitated course.

July 09, 2024 - August 09, 2024


Cost:  $150 CAD
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About this event:

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Our multi-session professional learning series are designed for in-depth exploration of themes and topics that help educators strengthen their skills and competencies. Session information is included in the event details.

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Instructor-Led & Self-Paced

This professional learning event will be led by Facing History staff and also contains portions that are self-paced and delivered virtually. When you register, you will receive instructions for how access and participate in the event.

This event qualifies for Certificate of Completion.

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Key Points

  1. Experience an inspiring approach to engaging young people in a supported and transformative learning journey into the history, legacies and responses to Canada’s residential schools

  2. Gain historical background materials, classroom-ready scholar and survivor videos, and primary source texts modeled with effective teaching strategies

  3. Engage with colleagues, facilitators, an Elder and survivor speakers within an intentional learning community that centres social, emotional and cultural care

  4. Gain knowledge, skills, resources, strategies and experiences to humanize and connect the history

Join us for this online course to explore the history and legacies of Canada's Residential Schools. This course will include facilitated asynchronous and synchronous learning that will equip you with knowledge, resources, strategies and experiences to humanize and connect this learning to students in the classroom. 

You will experience an inspiring approach to engaging young people in a supported and transformative learning journey that invites not only academic learning, but also emotional connection, ethical consideration and questions of civic engagement.   Together, we will explore the historical and institutional contexts that created a dehumanizing and assimilatory system of schooling, and bear witness to the testimonies of survivors. We will explore the legacies and responses to the Residential Schools, including the apologies given by government and churches, the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the work of the Indigenous communities to reclaim educational sovereignty.  We will use all these elements to help students connect this history to their own lives and the choices they make individually, and those we can make collectively for justice and reconciliation.

Please fill out the Educator Application at the bottom of this page to apply for the course.

In this online course you will:

  1. Gather as a reflective and courageous community through live online learning classes that will be supported with ceremony and teachings led by facilitators Lorrie Gallant and Lindsay Hutchison and a course Elder.
  2. Explore historical background materials, classroom-ready scholar and survivor videos and experience participatory teaching strategies through facilitated asynchronous modules.
  3. Discover online and in-person teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully.
  4. Engage with survivor testimony through text, recorded interview, and live with an Elder and survivor speaker during an online learning class.
  5. Analyze the legacy of the Residential School System, the role of apology, and steps non-Indigenous people can take toward meaningful reconciliation.

 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 and multimedia.


Who should take this course: 6th - 12th grade Canadian History, Social Science, Humanities, and English Language Arts teachers and curriculum specialists. Please note due to our funding sources, acceptance priority into this course will be given to Canadian classroom educators.

Duration: 4.5 weeks. There is a new session each week. The first week's session is designed to welcome you to the course, introduce you to Facing History and Ourselves, your course facilitators and Elder, and will connect you with other educators in the course. Modules two through six are designed so that you will engage with course-related readings, videos, and other resources and leave with concrete strategies and lesson plan ideas to implement in your classroom. Sessions begin on Thursday and end on the following Wednesday.

Time Commitment: Approximately 6 hours per week 

Format: 4 hours of weekly self-paced, asynchronous online work via Canvas and weekly 2 hour facilitated, synchronous Zoom online classes:

  • Opening and Welcome (Tues July 16, 12:30- 2:30 pm ET)
  • The Indian Act (Tues July 23,12:30- 2:30 pm ET)
  • Survivor Testimony (Tues July 30, 12:30- 2:30 pm ET)
  • Current Issues and Closing Call (Fri Aug 9,12:30- 2:30 pm ET)

Details for joining the Canvas and the Zoom sessions will be shared by email prior to the event.

ASL-English Interpretation is available free of charge.   Please request this service by emailing canada [at] facinghistory.org no later than 25th June.

About the Facilitators:

Lorrie Gallant


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Lindsay Hutchison


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Certificate of Completion

Awarded upon successful completion of the course, for 20 professional development hours.

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