LEARN works with schools, communities, and organizations in Quebec to put useful resources in the hands of educators. Our goal is to be more inclusive of Indigenous histories and to foster bonds between communities.

Teaching Ed4Rec?  Browse ways to include or expand Education for Reconciliation in the classroom, and beyond.  Find activities, curriculum connections, and other resources for educators. 

Learning about Ed4Rec?  Learn more about the history and current state of affairs of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis populations in Quebec and Canada: resources for educators, families, and community.

Helping to create a culture of Ed4Rec?  Be part of a developing culture of Education for Reconciliation in schools and beyond: success stories, projects, tools, partnership opportunities, and more. 
 

SEPTEMBER 19TH EVENT:  Turtle Island Reads


Turtle Island Reads (TIR) puts a spotlight on Indigenous writing by connecting authors and their writing with all readers, but especially with secondary school students. The event at McGill University was on Sept. 19th.   Click for more information   Curriculum guides introduction available now on Curio!

Teaching Education for Reconciliation

TEACHING EDUCATION FOR RECONCILIATION

Teaching Education for Reconciliation within our curriculum relates to how and what is taught in schools, and often directly relates to the Quebec curricula in the form of its various subject-area programs.  In the context of reconciliation between peoples, this can also include learning from ancestors (ours and other groups), relationships between students and their (and others') past and present, current issues with regards to indigenous communities, their experiences, etc.  It necessarily also includes reflections on colonialism and its various processes and manifestations.

Resources and sites related to student learning:

Kairos Resources: Documents, Reports and Teachers’ Kits
Not just a “one-off” event, you can make the Blanket Exercise a catalyst for learning.  Learn how to prepare and how to plan related lessons.  Go to site

Tips & Guidelines for hosting the Kairos Blanket Exercise in your school:
Use this quick guide to help you to... partner with a local indigenous community, introduce it to adults first, know your audience, and see reconciliation as an ongoing process.  Download

100 Years of Loss Kit
An excellent curriculum kit for grades 6 and up about the Apology and IRS history with 12 lesson plans, supporting resources and visual aids, and teacher briefing sheets (Order page - recommended you request the ‘teacher bundle’ rather than the ‘edu kit’). Go to site 

Project of Heart Quebec blog and resources 
"Project of Heart” is an inquiry-based, hands-on, collaborative, inter-generational, artistic journey of seeking truth about the history of Aboriginal people in Canada.  Resources on site include key documents, maps, timelines and more, as well as links to various Quebec-based sources. "Steps" walk students from discovery to social action.  Go to site 
Learn more about how schools have successfully implemented Project of Heart.  Go to page

Social justice competencies and essential counter histories
Developed by Lisa Taylor (Bishops University) these strategies help students frame and infuse their learning through the perspective of social justice and the active transformation of all forms of discrimination.   Download

LEARN's developing history materials tracing examples of "other essential histories"  
From Abenaki to Innu (Montagnais), from Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk) to Huron-Wendat, various specific peoples and groups have always participated in our national story, though their stories sometimes get left out of official programs.   Go to page

General information sites with sections useful for educators

Quebec Aboriginal Tourism sections on History and CultureLegends, Maps  etc. Go to site

Indigenous peoples in Quebec.  Various entries on Wikipedia.  Go to site

Aboriginal peoples in Quebec (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada)  Go to site

Map of overlapping Indigenous territories in Canada and beyond! Go to site

The Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada  coming soon info Go to site

 

Check out our Learning about Ed4Rec and Help create a culture of Ed4Rec sections too!

Learning about Education for Reconciliation

LEARNING ABOUT EDUCATION FOR RECONCILIATION

Learning about reconciliation in Canada could be as simple as learning more about the history and current state of affairs of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis populations in Quebec and Canada (and indeed around the world).  It can also mean learning about the history, causes, process and future of reconciliation in Canada.  Browse below for information and action resources for educators, student, families, and the community.  Video collections (new!) at very bottom!

This content is primariy intended for use by educators as the content may be too mature for children and youth.

RESOURCES, INFORMATION & ACTION WEBSITES:

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada website
TRC: A component of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement..  Go to site

Stories of Reconciliation from Community Foundations of Canada. Note specific sections such as "What’s our role in Truth and Reconciliation?" and others.  Go to site

Reconciliation at aadnc-aandc.gc.ca
Learn how the Government of Canada is working to advance reconciliation and renew the relationship with Indigenous peoples. Go to site

Reconciliation is not an aboriginal problem, it is a Canadian problem
CBC story with other helpful links below.  Go to site

Reconciliation Canada – A New Way Forward 
Various initiatives and growing list of resources Go to site

Dispelling common myths about indigenous peoples (ebook)
A useful pamphlet that helps clarify a few key myths that are still present in our society. From  Indigenous Corporate Training Inc, whose mission is "to provide training to get everyone Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples® in their day-to-day jobs and lives."  Go to site

Quebec Aboriginal Tourism
Culture, legends, nations.  Information about the Indigenous communities you can visit throughout Quebec.  Go to site

McGill First People's House Library
List of recommended books.  Go to site

McCord Museum Thematic tours
Images & information on various First Nation cultures. Go to site or browse specific tours below:

Kanien’kehá:ka Kanakeráhsera Kahnawà:ke Branch of the Mohawk Nation
Learn about the Haudenosaunee, a constitutional democracy existing since time immemorial. Information on the Kanien’kehá:ka people, history and culture. Go to site

Innu Nation's Culture & History Bibliography of Innu works  
Organization that formally represents the Innu of Labrador, the two communities of Sheshatshiu and Natuashish.  Booklists, but also on community, culture, and history. Go to site

Tipatshimuna:  Innu stories from the land
Virtual Museum of Canada site on Innu and their history and territory.  Go to site

Naskapi Community website
Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach.  The people, location, community, etc. Go to site

Creeculture.ca
Cree Culture and Language Department of the Cree Nation Government (CNG) of the Crees of Eeyou Istchee (northern Quebec). Information on language and culture and related projects. Go to site

Anishinabenation.ca
Learn about various Algonquin Nations, their history and current news and issues. Go to site

 

VIDEO COLLECTIONS:  


CURIO.ca COLLECTIONS:
Log in to LEARN and use the CURIO button on your Learn Home page, and then you can access various collections, such as:

  • Indigenous Youth:  takes a closer look at the hopes, experiences and challenges of Indigenous youth in Canada today. Among the topics examined are cultural identity, community engagement, education, the environment and relations with law enforcement.  Go to site
  • Contemporary Indigenous Voices:  cultural awareness, traditional knowledge and the contemporary challenges facing Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples across Canada as we begin to explore reconciliation together.  Go to site.  Browse ALL their other collections.  Go to site  Or use their search engine. Go to site

Truth and Reconciliation TRC - CVR
Video collection on their main page.  Go to site  Vimeo site Go to site

NFB Indigenous Cinema main site
Discover the NFB’s rich online collection of Indigenous-made films  Go to site  
Aabiziingwashi (Wide Awake) at NFB 
Indigenous cinema on tour and convenient collection of film links to NFB Go to site
Indigenous Filmmaking at the NFB overview PDF
"NFB has produced over 280 works by First Nations, Métis and Inuit directors. Today, more than 20 projects by Indigenous directors are underway at the NFB’s studios across Canada".  Go to site

8TH FIRE
8TH Fire invited twenty First Nations, Inuit and Métis reporters and filmmakers to produce short films from Aboriginal communities across the country.  Go to site

Reconciliation Canada – Video collection page
Regularly posting key information and current event videos Go to site

Working It Out Together
Currently in Season 3, this a thirteen-part documentary series that follows Kanien’kehá:ka Olympian and Health Advocate Waneek Horn-Miller on a journey to reclaim well-being, build an Indigenous movement of positive change. Go to site

Wapikoni Mobile
Films produced throughout Quebec by Indigenous youth.  Go to site

Helping create a culture of Education for Reconciliation

CREATING A CULTURE OF EDUCATION FOR RECONCILIATION

Education for Reconciliation involves a culture shift in schools and communities.  Here you will find examples and resources related to how schools can develop an awareness of Indigenous peoples, history, culture and other issues as well as models for how to partner with local and provincial indigenous communities, organizations, and elders.

To help schools think about Education for Reconciliation:
 

Stories from CLC Schools
Blanket Exercise in the Lower North Shore Go to page

Projects of Heart, and related activities 
completed 2012-2013 school year. Go to site

Our Dreams Matter Too
First Nations Child and Family Caring Society project, a walk & letter writing campaign. Go to site

Shannen's Dream Club
Resources from the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.  Go to site

Une trousse pédagogique destinée aux élèves du primaire et du secondaire.
(Le Centre d'amitié autochtone de Val-d'Or)  Go to site

Enhancing Indigenous Education Through Co-Creation
Conferences and co-creation examples for Indigenous youth.  Go to site

First Nation Education Council of Quebec
Information on FNEC and the latest developments in First Nations education.  Go to site

 

 

Maps and other general information sites 

Quebec Aboriginal Tourism sections on History and CultureLegendsMaps  etc. Go to site

Indigenous peoples in Quebec.  Various entries on Wikipedia.  Go to site

Aboriginal peoples in Quebec (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada)  Go to site

Map of overlapping Indigenous territories in Canada and beyond! Go to site

The Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada  coming soon info Go to site

Map of First Nations and Inuit communities in Quebec Download PDF

 

 

CONTACTS AND WHAT'S NEW IN EDUCATION FOR RECONCILIATION (#Ed4RecLEARN)

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SOME OTHER FOLKS TO FOLLOW!

Kairos @kairoscanada
Aboriginal Resources  @aboreducqc 
Indspire @Indspire
CEPN-FNEC @CEPNFNEC
Idle No More QC @IdleNoMoreQC
native-land.ca @nativelandnet
APTN National  @APTNNews
CBC Indigenous @CBCIndigenous
Puamun Meshkenu  @PuamunMeshkenu
Reconciliation Canada @Rec_Can
Government Canada - Indigenous @GCIndigenous
Starleigh_grass  @starleigh_grass
Windspeaker News @windspeakernews
Josiane Asselin (MEES contact) @JosianeAsselin

A FEW FACEBOOK SUGGESTIONS:

National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation.  @NCTR2015
4 Seasons of Reconciliation  @ReconciliationEducation
CBC Indigenous  @CBC.caIndigenous
@APTN Television and @APTN Investigates

 

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