Welcome to year 21 of The Teacher List! So, a friend of mine and University of Alberta PhD Candidate, Crystal Fraser, co-wrote this list last year. The ideas are manageable things a person can do to reflect on and participate in reconciliation efforts. http://activehistory.ca/2017/08/150-acts-of-reconciliation-for-the-last-150-days-of-canadas-150/
Crystal and her advisor, Sara Komarnisky, went on to write an article about using the list as a pedagogical tool. I thought it’s a good first-post for this year. I hope your start-up is going well!
The URL: http://activehistory.ca/2018/09/reconciliation-in-the-classroom-the-150-acts-as-a-pedagogical-tool/
Here in Canada, we are working on reconciliation efforts with our First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. It’s not an easy conversation yet everyone is doing what they can to understand and move forward. One major vein of the conversation revolves around residential schools and their effects on multiple generations of people. There is a deep history of residential schools in our country and their demise is much more recent than one might think. When I first heard that the last residential schools closed in 1996, I was surprised. That’s six full years after I started my teaching career. Here’s a CBC interactive map that will help you locate the closest school to where you grew up.
The URL: http://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/beyond-94-residential-school-map/