OTTAWA – The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is proud to release a new teacher resource entitled Truth and Reconciliation: What is it about?, a classroom discussion booklet developed by CTF and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. The booklet is now available through CTF’s Publications Catalogue.
The development of the booklet is a collaboration between the CTF, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. The collaboration was undertaken with the view to enhancing knowledge, furthering understanding and promoting social action by youth leading to positive change in society.
“This booklet aims to support dialogue about residential schools and to explore how they have hurt generations of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people,” says CTF President Heather Smith. “It is important that students better understand the history of residential schools and how Canadians must work collectively as part of the reconciliation process.”
This new resource offers first voice content from students—some Indigenous and non-Indigenous—through words, thoughts, drawings and poems. This creative expression project was conducted as part of CTF’s social justice program, Imagineaction.
CTF’s Speak Truth to Power Canada is yet another rich educational resource available to teachers that features lesson plans and resources on Truth and Reconciliation. Please visit: http://sttpcanada.ctf-fce.ca/lessons/wilton-littlechild/
For more information, read the June 2016 issue of Perspectives magazine on First Nations, Métis and Inuit Education.
Founded in 1920, the CTF is a national alliance of provincial and territorial Member organizations that represent nearly 231,000 teachers across Canada. CTF is also a member of Education International. @CanTeachersFed
Heather Smith, CTF President
Francine Filion, CTF Communications Director
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