Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may not remember; involve me and I'll understand. (Native American Proverb)
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Indian Residential Schools: resources to support teaching and learning
Janice Novakowski and Leanne McColl hosted an after school professional learning session to share a resource to support grade 5 teachers and teacher-librarians in the teaching and learning about Indian Residential Schools. For the past few years, alongside efforts of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Canadians have been learning about the travesty in Canadian history stemming from the Indian Act, particularly enacted through the mandated attendance of children at Indian Residential Schools.
The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) has developed educational resources to support teachers in the teaching of this shared history, which is now included in the elementary and secondary Social Studies curriculum.
Although available for purchase through the FNESC website (fnesc.ca), these teaching resources are also available to download for free, as pdf documents. The grade 5 resource is available here:
We looked through the components of the resource – enduring understandings, essential questions, literature connections, experiential learning, using primary documents, etc. We shared the literature that is referenced in the resource and teachers also prepared their own “memory bag” to correspond with the lessons in the resource.
Teachers at the session had many questions which we discussed as a group and shared our ideas. Other resources were provided to the teachers such as the Project of Heart document and Aboriginal Worldviews document – links to these can be found here:
Resources in French View the "Etudes autochthones" page on the website of the Francophone school in Sechelt for additional resources.
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