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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Resources

September 27, 2021

The Government of Canada recently passed legislation marking September 30 as a day to recognize and commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools as part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action. 

All schools in the Louis Riel School Division (LRSD) will be closed on September 30 for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation/Journée nationale de la vérité et réconciliation.

Leading up to the day, the LRSD Indigenous Education Team has put together a wealth of teaching and learning resources for staff, students and families in our division and beyond.

Teaching the History of Orange Shirt Day

Thanks to the Canadian Commission of UNESCO for compiling this well-vetted list below for how to teach the history of Orange Shirt Day.

Orange Shirt Day is commemorated on September 30 in recognition of the damage the residential school system has done to Indigenous children's self-esteem and well-being (orangetshirtday.org). The findings this year of hundreds of unmarked Indian Residential School graves underscores the gravity of the lived experiences of thousands of Indigenous children between 1894 and 1996 in Canada. We would like to encourage your school to participate in Orange Shirt Day which marks a very important and dark moment in Canadian history.

How to teach the history of Orange Shirt Day:

  1. Get informed about Orange Shirt Day and its history through this CBC article;
  2. Participate in the Truth and Reconciliation Week from September 27th to October 1rst, 2021 organized by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (i.e. A UNESCO School Teacher from NS, Carter Chiasson, and a former student are part of the program on September 28th at 11:30am EST);
  3. Watch some selected video linked to Orange Shirt Day from the NFB;
  4. Learn about residential schools through Canadian Geographic's Pathways to Reconciliation Project. Download the teachers guide to help you navigate this hard history;
  5. Get informed about Indigenous Peoples that live in your region of Canada through the Wapikoni Teachers Guide;
  6. Seek to build relationships and better understand Indigenous Peoples in your region of Canada by learning a greeting in their Indigenous language;
  7. Celebrate the heritage, culture, history and achievements of indigenous peoples through literature;
  8. Review the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action or be inspired by the work of a UNESCO School, École Laura Secord School in Winnipeg, where Grade 4,5 and 6 students reviewed and interpreted the 94 calls to action in child-friendly language. You can also download  a youth-friendly guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) 94 Calls to Action from the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society;
  9. Be inspired by what other teachers and classrooms are doing across the country through the website Project of Hearts;
  10. Participate in the Imagine a Canada Program

Le 30 septembre est la Journée du chandail orange en reconnaissance du tort que le système des pensionnats a fait au sens de l'estime de soi et au bien-être des enfants (orangetshirtday.org). Les découvertes cette année de centaines de tombes non marquées des pensionnats autochtones ont souligné la gravité de la réalité vécue par des milliers d'enfants autochtones entre les années 1894 à 1996 au Canada.

Nous aimerions encourager votre école de participer à la Journée du chandail orange qui marque un moment très important et sombre dans histoire du Canada. 

Comment enseigner l'histoire de la Journée du chandail orange :

  1. Informez-vous de son histoire à travers cet article de Radio Canada;
  2. Participez au programme en ligne de la Semaine de la vérité et réconciliation du 27 septembre au 1er octobre 2021 organisé par le Centre national pour la vérité et réconciliation ((c.-à-d. Un enseignant du réseau des écoles de l'UNESCO de la Nouvelle-Écosse, Carter Chiasson, et une ancienne élève font partie du programme le 28 septembre à 11 h 30 HNE);
  3. Visionnez des courts chronométrages sélectionner par l'ONF;
  4. Apprenez davantage sur l'histoire des écoles résidentielles à travers le projet La voie vers la réconciliation de Canadian Geographic. Téléchargez le guide des enseignant.e.s pour vous aider à naviguer à travers cette histoire tragique du Canada;
  5. Informez-vous des peuples autochtones dans votre région du pays à travers le guide pédagogique de Wapikoni;
  6. Cherchez à établir des relations et à mieux comprendre les peuples autochtones de votre région du Canada en apprenant une salutation dans leur langue autochtone;
  7. Célébrer le patrimoine, la culture, l'histoire et les réalisations des peuples autochtones à travers la littérature;
  8. Révisez les appels à l'action de la Commission de vérité et réconciliation du Canada ou soyez inspirés des travaux des élèves de la 4e, 5e et 6e année de l'école UNESCO Laura Secord à Winnipeg qui ont révisé les 94 recommandations dans un langage adapté aux enfants. Vous pouvez aussi télécharger le guide pour les jeunes des 94 appels à l'action de la Commission de vérité et réconciliation du Canada (CVR) développé par la Société de soutien à l'enfance et la  famille des Premières Nations du Canada;
  9. Inspirez-vous de ce que d'autres écoles font à travers le pays à travers le site « Project of Hearts » (en anglais seulement mais une page existe pour le QB);
  10. Participez au défi « Imaginez un Canada » 

 

Teaching and Learning Resources

VIDEOS

VIDEO: Statement of Reconciliation

VIDEO: Sen. Murray Sinclair: How can Canadians work toward reconciliation

VIDEO: Children's Voices on Every Child Matters

VIDEO: An Orange Shirt Day Message (2020)

VIDEO: Phyllis Webstad Orange Shirt Day Presentation - YouTube

VIDEO: When We Were Alone

VIDEO: "Inconvenient Skin" by Shane Koyczan feat Tanya Tagaq and Kym Gouchie

FILMS: Orange Shirt Day - NFB

ARTICLES, BLOGS AND WEBSITES

WEBSITE: National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

WEBSITE: Manitoba Residential Schools – National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

BLOG: Answering the Call | Friesens Corporation

ARTICLE: Reconciliation: the Role of Education

WEBSITE: True North Aid

BLOG: Project of Heart

WEBSITE: Orange Shirt Day

BLOG: National Film Board - Drafting a Statement of Reconciliation with Students

TEACHING AND RESOURCE GUIDES

TEACHING GUIDE: Wapikoni Teaching Guide

TEACHING GUIDE: Paths To Reconciliation: An Educational Guide

READING GUIDE: Social Justice and Diversity Book Bank

GUIDE: Spirit Bear's Guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

RESOURCE GUIDE: Residential Schools Resources for Educators

LESSON PLAN: Orange Shirt Day – The Manitoba Teachers' Society

INFO GUIDE: Residential Schools: SEPTEMBER 30 – City of Winnipeg

CALENDAR: Truth THEN Reconciliation

EVENTS, PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS

VIRTUAL EVENT: Truth and Reconciliation Week – NCTR (Sept. 27-Oct. 1)

PROGRAM: Imagine a Canada

PROJECT: Quilts for Survivors – New Deadline Oct. 11 - Canadian Quilters Association/Association Canadienne de la Courtepointe

PROJECT: Virtual Heart Garden

TUTORIAL VIDEO: Virtual Heart Garden Tutorial - YouTube

FRENCH

Enseigner l'histoire du chandail orange afin de ne jamais l'oublier | Radio-Canada.ca

La Semaine de la vérité et la réconciliation - NCTR

Journée du chandail orange - ONF

Paths to Reconciliation

VOIES VERS LA RECONCILIATION - Canadian Geographic

Guide pédagogique Wapikoni

Communication Jeunesse | Littérature jeunesse autochtone

Imaginez le Canada - NCTR

 
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