Locally developed Residential School Curriculum Website for students and teachers from Kindergarten through to grade 12.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada presented its 94 Calls to Action in December 2015. Call to Action #63 (i) included: Developing and Implementing Kindergarten to Grade Twelve Curriculum and learning resources on Aboriginal Peoples in Canadian history, and the history and legacy of Residential Schools. This website is a direct result of this call to action. The goal of this effort is to build student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect. Please visit https://greatspirithand.com and continue your journey towards Reconciliation today!
Additional Community Resources:
Finding Peter Bryce: Film trailer
Full documentary below.
Lesson 1: Story telling as an Oral History (Grade 3-5)
Lesson 2: Place-based Understanding of our Environment (Grade 3-5)
Lesson 3: Aboriginal Resource Use and Sustainability (Grade 4-7)
Lesson 4: Aboriginal Communities of the Past and Present (Grade 4-7)
Lesson 5: The Past is our Future (Grade 4-9)
Lesson 6: Origin and True Stories (Grade 6-8)
“Why use this website?”
“There are two main reasons for teachers to use the Sq’éwlets website.
This site was designed with the Sq’éwlets community rather than about them. The Sq’éwlets people, who live where the Fraser River meets the Harrison River, approached archaeologists from the University of British Columbia to help investigate and support their claim that their local territory included an ancient burial ground. The researchers and archaeologists worked with the Sq’éwlets people to ensure that artifacts, or “belongings,” and other archaeological materials were excavated and treated respectfully. The content of the website respects Indigenous protocols regarding sacred information and procedures. The information is not just about the Sq’éwlets people, it is coming to you from the Sq’éwlets people using their own voices, language, and understandings.” (Source: Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre / Stó:lō Nation)
Provincial Sharing Site: Aboriginal Education Resources
Aboriginal Education, Kamloops: Making a Difference Together (See ‘Teaching Resources’ tab in the left column. Resources by subject for elementary and secondary students.)
Jo-Anne Chrona, FNESC: First Peoples Principles of Learning
This is a Professional Learning Blog that elaborates on each of the Principles in a very accessible way. It also relates these Principles to other Educational Theory, and provides implications for the classroom and school. Further, it includes how these Principles fit in with the Relevant Core Competencies. Click on the Principle of Learning you wish to learn about (Green tabs under the picture on home page) and the elaboration appears below it on a separate page.
Through a Different Lens: Blog post on First Peoples Principles of Learning (recommended by N. Searcy)
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