Use StoryMap to learn about Treaties

StoryMap by Canadian Geographic Education is designed as a resource for teachers to introduce and to understand treaties and agreements between Indigenous Peoples, the Crown, the federal government, as well as provinces and territories. The journey starts in what is now called upstate New York, then moves to the eastern coast of Canada before going west, and final north. Topics covered include Pre-Confederation Treaties, Numbered Treaties, Métis scrip, and Inuit land claims.

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Host a Reconciliation Dialogue Workshop

The Reconciliation Canada Reconciliation Dialogue Workshop aims to create a safe environment that brings diverse participants together to start a meaningful conversation and relationship building. They provide an opportunity for sharing stories of resilience. The Reconciliation Dialogue Workshop guide provides a brief introduction and outlines injustices in Canadian history including residential schools, the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act, the Japanese-Canadian Internment, and the Komagata Maru Incident.

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The Orange Path

Use The Orange Path to help you shape your path towards reconciliation. The Athabasca Tribal Council created the Orange Path to provide support to Indigenous survivors and community members on their journey to heal and to help Canadians on their journey to truth, reconciliation, and allyship.

 

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Craft Your Own Land Acknowledgement

Through a series of 5 video blogs, Rose Roberts and Stryker Calvez invite you to explore a few different elements that are important to understand before building your own Land Acknowledgement: worldviews, positionality, treaties and the Metis homeland. The goal is to help you to build your own awareness about the Indigenous philosophy of wahkotowin (all our relations) and how you can honour it when you engage these elements and create your own land acknowledgement. Hosted by the University of Saskatchewan, you can watch the video blogs here.

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Listen: The Porcupine

The Porcupine is a podcast series exploring reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians. Listen in as they have in-depth, funny, and revealing discussions with a variety of people, from activists to comedians, who are all focusing on reconciliation in big, small, and surprising ways.

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Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education

Learn more about Reconciliation through the 6-week massive open online course Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education hosted by the University of British Columbia.

Through the course engage with Indigenous knowledge keepers, education leaders, and resources to enhance your understanding and knowledge of practices that advance reconciliation in the places where you live, learn, and work.

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Learn the History of Louis Riel

Use graphic novels to introduce youth to history! Chester Brown, creator of the Louis Riel graphic novel, retells the history of the nineteenth-century Métis Rebellion lead by Prairie Métis Louis Riel. Get the graphic novel at Drawn and Quarterly.

Explore the history of Louis Riel in this video by the Cable Public Affairs Channel or this article in the Canadian Encyclopedia.

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Learn About the Significance of Indigenous Drums

The Native Drums web project is a diverse dialogue on culture, history and traditional knowledge with Indigenous cultural partners, educational institutions, government and private industry. Centred around the central themes of drums and music of Canadian First Peoples, Native Drums traces the history, mythology, and significance of the drum in traditional societies of Canada’s Eastern Woodlands, compared with Western Coastal regions in terms of history, arts and culture.

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Use Book Lists to Read for Reconciliation

Saskatoon Public Library

From the Heart

Government of Canada

Saskatchewan School Boards Association Reconciliation Reading List

Reconciliation starts with education and there are many great titles that can help you dive deep into a learning process around Indigenous history, culture and residential schools. Whether fiction or non-fiction is your preference, you’ll find a range of titles on these must-read lists.

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Educate all Newcomers About what Colonialism is in Canada

We all need education in Indigenous histories and cultures–and newcomers must be included in the initiative to foster relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. While we hope some resources in the ConnectR project will be accessible to newcomers, there are also local organizations like Saskatoon’s Open Door Society which hosts special training and events.

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Watch HeartSpeak TV to learn the history of Residential Schools

Heartspeak is about sharing stories that inspire and providing inspirational educational media to support well-being and success. In this segment, Senator Murray Sinclair (Chair, Truth & Reconciliation Commission) provides background on the history of residential schools and the work of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission. He highlights the need to teach the history and intergenerational impact of residential schools and our shared responsibility to forge a new relationship of mutual respect and trust.

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Attend a Blanket Exercise

Blanket Exercise Workshop

“The KAIROS Blanket Exercise™ program is a unique, participatory history lesson – developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators – that fosters truth, understanding, respect and reconciliation among Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.” Many local organizations now offer facilitation for this exercise. It’s an incredible learning experience to continue your journey of Reconciliation.

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