Stolen Lives: Indigenous Peoples of Canada and Indian Residential Schools (Toronto)

Stolen Lives: Indigenous Peoples of Canada and Indian Residential Schools (Toronto)

In this seminar, we will explore the history of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools through primary source texts and survivors’ personal testimonies to better understand the devastating history and long lasting impact on former students, their families, and entire Indigenous communities. We will also look at their historical roots and the legacies that followed while examining the apologies given by government and churches, the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the charge of genocide. We will use all of these elements to help students connect this history to their own lives and the choices they make.

Recommended for Canadian middle and high school teachers.

In this seminar you will:

Receive historical background materials, and participatory teaching strategies to engage students in learning about the Indian Residential Schools

Use teaching strategies to safely navigate student discussion when exploring difficult history

Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully

Hear personal testimony from survivor Evelyn Wolfe, and use sensitive and thought-provoking teaching strategies to bring this history into the classroom.

Analyze the legacy of the Residential School System, the role of apology, and methods of meaningful reconciliation

Explore ways to engage students in meaningful reconciliation in response to the TRC’s Calls to Action

Receive a free copy of Stolen Lives: The Indigenous Peoples of Canada and the Indian Residential Schools

After this seminar you will:

Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including units and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia

Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost

Seminar Facilitators

Andrew McConnell (Facilitator) is the coordinator for First Nations, Métis and Inuit education at the York Region District School Board. A member of Nipissing First Nation, Andrew has roots in both Anishinaabe and English cultures. He has been a strong advocate for education that is inclusive of Indigenous cultures and ways of being throughout his teaching career.

Jasmine Wong (Facilitator) is a Senior Program Associate with Facing History and Ourselves.  She has facilitated at numerous workshops and conferences across Canada, supporting non-Indigenous educators like herself to learn, teach, and respond to the history and legacies of Canada's Indian Residential Schools.

Kim Wheatley (Traditional knowledge keeper and cultural support)is an Anishinaabe Ojibway Grandmother (Turtle Clan) & member of Shawanaga First Nation Reserve. She has over two decades of cultural sharing experience through story, song and ceremonial practices.  As an Anishinaabe Cultural Consultant, Kim provides authentic voice to historic & contemporary realities.

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Evergreen Brick Works
Blake's Room, The Centre for Green Cities (2F)
550 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, ON M4W 3X8
 August 20, 2019 - August 22, 2019
 9:00 am - 4:30 pmCourse Type:
Event Fee:
350.00 CAD
Registration Fee:
50.00 CAD

Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 9:00 am to Thursday, August 22, 2019, 4:30 pm
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Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Ave
Toronto , ON