Bring reconciliation into the classroom
Education for reconciliation and social justice
Meaningful reconciliation engages young people in learning about Canada’s history of colonization, thinking creatively about the future, and providing them with opportunities to make a difference.
The Caring Society supports educators and schools across Canada in nurturing citizenship, agency and self-confidence by providing opportunities for students to take part in activities that foster reconciliation and culturally based equity for Indigenous children and youth. The resources below offer ideas for engaging students to understand and address inequalities experienced by First Nations children through three interrelated campaigns: Shannen’s Dream, Jordan’s Principle, and I am a witness.
- Imagine a Canada - National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
- Teacher Resource Guides: Bringing Indian residential schools and reconciliation in the classroom
- Project of Heart: Illuminating the Hidden History of Indian Residential Schools in BC
- KAIROS Blanket Exercise Workshop
- Teaching Truth in the Classroom: Canadian Youth Address the Legacy of the Indian Residential Schools
- First Peoples curriculum and classroom resources developed by the First Nations Education Steering Committee (BC)
- CBC website on Aboriginal peoples
- Know Your Rights! Youth-Friendly Version of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Canadian Human Rights Toolkit: Resources for K-12 Teacher's by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Examples of learning in action
- Finding Heart - video by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
- Students from St. Augustine CES created a presention about Shannen's Dream and how they've taken action.
- Teacher Danielle Fontaine and her students built a graphic showcasing their multi-year journey in support of Shannen's Dream.