Stolen Lives is a program that walks students and teachers through an examination of the devastating legacy of Indian Residential Schools. Students make the essential connection between the history of Canada and their world today.
"I think that learning about the Canadian Indian Residential Schools helped me to realize many things about myself. . .I became more emotionally aware of the situations faced by others in my country rather than simply factually aware. It also enhanced my learning of Canada as a country and the relationships that our country has with our own people. I think this is really important because through learning about this I realized that reconciliation is such an important part in terms of healing our nation." - Audrey S., student at Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute
"This is a sensitive subject to deliver and I feel that this resource lays things out in a way that kids understand and teachers can feel comfortable delivering the content. . .In the classroom, as you know, we are faced with the challenge of overcoming the biases that kids sometimes bring from home to school. When discussing the content from Stolen Lives I have witnessed those barriers being broken down. Not so just by the teacher, but more often, by other students voicing their opinion and challenging their peers. This is where I have seen the greatest impact. Ignorance and bias is often a result in lack of understanding. Stolen Lives gives accurate, researched information with testimonials so that my students can better put themselves into the shoes of the victims." - Ryan Roy, Lakehead School District
Facing History and Ourselves provides hands-on workshops and seminars that model the organization's unique pedagogical approach and encourage discussion and collaboration among educators. Teachers continue receiving support from our program associates after attending our professional development events.
High school students from five schools across the GTA gathered at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto on Tuesday April 25th to present ideas at a community summit on how to integrate Indigenous culture at their schools.
The community summit was the final stage of Decolonizing Schools Together, an initiative organized by Facing History. Read more about the community summit in this recent article in The Torontoist.
Kim Wheatley, an Anishnaabe and descendant of residential school survivors, recently spoke to students at Peel schools using Facing History's Stolen Lives resource.