Indigenous Legacy Initiatives
LISTEN - LEARN - DO BETTER
We are committed to reconciliation and ensuring that the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools is never forgotten in order to build a better Canada for all of us.
TEACHING RESOURCES: ABOUT RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS
KIDS NEWS: What is Reconciliation
Teaching the basics about Residential Schools to children!
Namwayut: we are all one. Truth and reconciliation in Canada
THE STORY OF THE ORANGE SHIRT (10:07)
The Orange Shirt Story is a true tale that details the journey of one young Indigenous girl to residential school.
CITIZENSHIP: KNOTTED ORANGE FLAG
Schools working on Truth & Reconciliation initiatives can receive a knotted orange flag from the Spiritual Animation Department.
A visual representation of your commitment to listen, learn, and do better in your school community.
Bring your knotted flag to the SWLSB student leadership SUMMIT and tell all of us your story.
Background: A signal and a promise. The flag is prevented from flying as a mark of humility in light of tragic events and it is a call to action... One day the flag can be made to fly free.
Jules Verne Elementary
Mountainview High School
RESOURCES & PROGRAMS
Support for classrooms, ECAs, and schools.
ANKOSÉ – EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED – TOUT EST RELIÉ
THE SECRET PATH - Story
Gord Downie began Secret Path as ten poems incited by the story of Chanie Wenjack, a twelve year-old boy who died fifty years ago on October 22, 1966, in flight from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School near Kenora, Ontario, walking home to the family he was taken from over 400 miles away. Gord was introduced to Chanie Wenjack (miscalled “Charlie” by his teachers) by Mike Downie, his brother, who shared with him Ian Adams’ Maclean’s story from February 6, 1967, “The Lonely Death of Charlie Wenjack.”
Here you will find many resources to help you bring Fist Nations, Metis and Inuit ('FNMI') themes into both your classroom and your wider learning community.
The Blanket Exercise is based on using Indigenous methodologies and the goal is to build understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada by walking through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. Everyone is actively involved as they step onto blankets that represent the land, and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and later Métis peoples. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy.
The NCTR is a place of learning and dialogue where the truths of the residential school experience will be honoured and kept safe for future generations.
This project aims to provide elementary and high school–level teachers with curriculum-linked lesson plans designed by contemporary Indigenous artists. The goal is to build students’ cultural competence and respect for diverse Indigenous peoples, while encouraging critical thinking about colonialism in Canada.
Delve into the National Film Board's vast Indigenous film collection to be inspired, spark discussion and help foster understanding.
Take advantage of all that the NFB has to offer for K-12 by subscribing to CAMPUS.
CITIZENSHIP, ENGAGMENT & ACTION STEPS
Reconcili-ACTION happens one step at the time and each of the #Next150 challenges will give you a clear idea of what your next step can be. If you’re unsure of what action you can take as an individual to move our country to true Reconciliation, you’re in the right place. If you want to take action and show others how easy it is to get started in the work and the (un)learning of Reconciliation, you’re in the right place. If you want Canada to be a safer, more prosperous, and more understanding country, you’re in the right place.
Help your students enter the largest and most recognized art & creative writing competition in Canada for Indigenous youth.
To get you started...
The Indigenous Music Development Program (IMDP) at Manitoba Music was launched in 2004 to support First Nation, Métis, and Inuit artists and music companies as they build sustainable careers in Manitoba’s music industry.
The National Gallery of Canada’s Collection of Indigenous Art includes First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artworks, with an emphasis on contemporary art from 1980 to the present day.
In taking inspiration from the Haudenosaunee Seventh Generation Principle, the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada was founded in 2012 to preserve and revitalize endangered Indigenous art forms and enrich lives through Indigenous arts and culture.
LISTEN - LEARN - DO BETTER