Some of the most common questions we hear relating to residential schools education are: Why should we teach children about the history of residential schools? And how do we teach children about residential schools in a classroom setting?
Ruby’s Story, written as a blog post by âpihtawikosisân discusses the experiences of a present day First Nations student in Grade 2 when she decided to focus on residential schools for a class assignment.
Ruby’s Story is an excellent example of why it is important to learn and talk openly about residential schools at all education levels.
The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto recently released a list of teacher resources relating to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
This list compliments the residential school resource list previously compiled by OISE. The residential school resource list includes suggestions of books, videos, websites, and news articles for a variety of ages.
The newly developed reconciliation resource list is divided into three sections: articles, reports, and education resources. It includes background information on the TRC, cultural genocide information, youth voices on reconciliation, and suggestions of classroom activities. The bulk of the information is geared toward high school and upper elementary school grades.
Educators planning activities around reconciliation might find the Kitchen Table Dialogue Guide, Community Action Tool Kit, and Reconciliation Dialogue Workshop Guide particularly useful.
The complete reconciliation resource list can be found by clicking here.