Truth and Reconciliation Week
The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is hosting an online event for Grade 5-12 students. This five-day national event will continue the conversations from Every Child Matters, including the truths of the Indigenous treaties, First Nation, Métis and Inuit land claims, and the residential schools system. This online event will provide historical workshops, exclusive video content, and activities for students — all supported by artistic and cultural performances by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists. You may wish to incorporate the accompanying Truth and Reconciliation Educational Package to support student learning at the weekly events.
Free registration is available at this link.
- Monday, September 27: Land and Treaties
- Tuesday, September 28: Languages and Culture
- Wednesday, September 29: Truth and Reconciliation
- Thursday, September 30: Orange Shirt Day
- Friday, October 1: Elder-Youth Knowledge Transfer
Canadian Geographic’s Education Indigenous Resources
The Can Geo Education website contains resources to support education as a tool for reconciliation. Students can interact with Google Earth Voyageur stories to learn about Canada’s residential schools, original place names, and Indigenous cultural heritage. Other resources include Paths to Reconciliation, a website charting residential schools not yet recognized by the Canadian federal government, and Re:Location, an interactive website to learn about the history of Indigenous community relocation across Canada.
Create to Learn
Create to Learn is a video-based resource featuring online tutorials on digital skills and traditional knowledge using digital tools. All videos and resources are created by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists and creatives to showcase their skills. Topics include:
Health & Well-Being
Video & Film
Music & Songwriting
Entrepreneurship & Design
Photography & Photoshop
- Cultural Teachings
Explore the Whose Land website to learn about the territory your home or business is situated on, find information for a land acknowledgement, and learn about the treaties and agreements signed across Canada. Educational videos are available to watch, that will give you a better understanding of why land acknowledgements are important, and the way Indigenous people view their relationship to land. The app consists of six different maps of Indigenous territories, Treaties, and First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities. Each community's location will eventually host a land acknowledgement video, and other information that the community would like to include on their page. The website showcases lesson ideas for students across Kindergarten to Grade 12: