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Facing History and Ourselves

 
Stolen Lives: The Indigenous Peoples of Canada and the Indian Residential Schools (Grades: 6-12)
 
Facilitators: Leora Schaefer & Cheryl Payne-Stevens
 
Aug 2-4, Ottawa 
 
 
Brief Description:
Be introduced to strategies and resources that will engage students in learning about this important history, while connecting to the devastating effects that the residential schools have had on former students, their families, and entire indigenous communities.
 
 
Detailed Description:
Join us to learn about Facing History’s new Canadian resource, Stolen Lives: The Indigenous Peoples of Canada and the Indian Residential Schools. In this workshop, we will explore the new resource and provide teaching strategies to help educators bring this important history into their classrooms.
 
All participants will receive a free copy of this book.
 
The workshop will introduce educators to strategies and resources that will engage students in learning about this important history, while connecting to the devastating effects that the residential schools have had on former students, their families, and entire indigenous communities.
 
The teaching approach that will be shared at the workshop will help educators to connect this history to today’s conversations about the apologies given by the government and churches, the work of the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the debate about whether the colonial policies that these schools embodied amounted to genocide.
 
“As we prepare to mark our 150th birthday in 2017, let us face ourselves with the gift of new knowledge and honest introspection. Stolen Lives, this rich backgrounder and study guide about Indian Residential Schools, is a well-researched and provocative new tool that offers just such a gift. All our children have a right to the truth...the whole truth.
Stolen Lives can help them learn it, and help them explore new pathways to ongoing reconciliation.”
 
Dr. Marie Wilson, Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
 
Using the resource Stolen Lives:
  • Participants will use teaching strategies to safely navigate student discussion when exploring difficult history
  • Participants will explore First Nations, Métis and Inuit identity and use teaching strategies to 
  • Participants will work with survivor testimony and use sensitive and thought-provoking teaching strategies to bring this history into the classroom
  • Participants will analyze the legacy of the Residential School System, the role of apology and methods of reconciliation
  • Participants will explore ways to engage students in meaningful reconciliation in response to the TRC’s Calls to Action #62
 
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