Residential Schools

Residential Schools:

Introducing the Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation Teacher Resource Guides

Grade 5 Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation Teacher Resource Guide: This document includes teaching and learning strategies, lesson plans, assessment ideas, extensive resource lists, maps and blackline masters.  Some of the recommended texts include:  Neekna & Chenai, Shi-shi-etko, The Secret of the Dance, Shin-Chi’s canoe, No Time to Say Goodbye (Thomas and Joey’s Story), Fatty Legs, When I Was Eight, sections of Seepeetza, sections of They Called Me Number One.

Shi-Shi Etko (Video version of the story in Halq’meylem and English)

Secret of the Dance Lesson Plan  “These amazing high interest strategies for struggling readers can be used across the grades. Secret of the Dance is one of six stories/lesson plans developed by the Siya:ye Yoyes Committee in partnership with the Langley School District. For more information about the complete resource, please contact Janet Stromquist at jstromquist@sd35.bc.ca.” Retrieved from Teach BC.  (Intermediate, Middle School, High School)

Grade 10 Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation Teacher Resource Guide This document includes teaching and learning strategies, lesson plans, assessment ideas, extensive resource lists, maps and blackline masters.  Primary and Secondary source documents are included as well as supplemental links to primary documents for student research. (High School)

Savage, by Lisa Jackson: Music Video in Cree with English subtitles. (High School)

Grade 11/12 Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation Teacher Resource Guide:  Book One, Book Two. This document includes teaching and learning strategies, lesson plans, assessment ideas, extensive resource lists, maps and blackline masters.  Primary and Secondary source documents are included as well as supplemental links to primary documents for student research. (High School)

Indian Residential School Tour Mission BC October 24, 2016 : Vancouver News, CBC.  “This video documents the efforts of Mission School District staff to honour our Residential School Survivors.”

Mission Orange Shirt Day September 30, 2016 : Vancouver News, CBC  “This video documents the efforts of Mission School District staff to honour our Residential School Survivors and to mark September 30th as “Orange Shirt Day”.”

“Secret Path” by Gord Downie & Jeff Lemire : Resources to go with the Graphic Novel

  • Adams, Ian. (1967.02.01). The Lonely Death of Charlie Wenjack. Mcleans Magazine.
  • Meet Ian Adams (CBC article by Jody Porter, posted Oct. 21, 2016.): “Meet the journalist who inspired Gord Downie and Joseph Boyden to write about Chanie Wenjack.  In 1966, Ian Adams stared down  at the body of Chanie Wenjack and vowed his name would not be forgotten. “
  • Gord Downie and the story of Chenie Wenjack (Unreserved interview with host Rosanna Deerchild and CBC reporter Jody Porter)  [17 min.]: “Tragically Hip lead singer Gord Downie is helping to bring national attention to one of the most haunting legacies of the residential school system: the children who never made it home. CBC’s Jody Porter joins us with more details about the project.”
  • CBC Radio Interview with Jospeh Boyden [26 min.] about his book Wenjack (c2016)
  • Statement by Gord Downie, Ogoki Post, Ontario, September 9, 2016
  • Gord Downies lyric composition notes (PDF) secret-path-lyric-booklet
  • Gord Downies’s The Secret Path, CBC video :  “Gord Downie’s The Secret Path and a post-show CBC Arts live panel on the road to reconciliation. Movie length 60 minutes. Panel discussion begins at 59:45.

Secret Path Lesson Plans by Manitoba ATeachers’ Society :  “As part of our ongoing commitment to engage teachers in reconciliation work, the Manitoba Teachers’ Society recently assembled a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous teachers from across the province to discuss and explore the Secret Path and to create lesson and unit plans to support the use of this resource for the teaching about Residential schools in Manitoba classrooms.  The culmination of the discussions and work of this tremendous group of teachers is found here.”

The Fallen Feather (DVD) : Indian Industrial Residential Schools and Canadian Confederation. Video clips and excerpted infromation from the DVD. Developed by Aboriginal Education, VSB, 2009. (High School)

Gerry Oleman “History of Canada” : Video explaining something of the history of FNMI in Canada, colonization, and residential schools.  Expresses the need for positivity to move forward. (FYI: Speaks about sexual abuse and drug addiction connections to FNMI people’s experiences.)  (High School)

BC Residential Schools Map (Intermediate, Middle School, High School)

Canadian Residential Schools Map (Intermediate, Middle School, High School)

Historica Canada. Residential Schools. Research Article. (Intermediate, Middle School, High School)

“Where Are the Children”, Legacy of Hope Foundation, Online Exhibit (High School)

They Came for the Children  Report on the Residential School System. 2012. Published by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Research Article. (High School)

UBC Indigenous Foundations Research Article (High School)

The following links are found in the book Residential Schools (Righting Canada’s Wrongs)

Canadian Residential Schools Propaganda Video 1955 : This film was created and shown by the Canadian Government to tell the Canadian people about Residential Schools [p. 122]. (Middle School, High School)

Canada attempted ‘cultural genocide’ on aboriginals: Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin :  Speech given at the Global Centre for Pluralism annual lecture in May of 2015 [p. 111]. (Middle School, High School)

Canada apologizes for residential school system : Prime Minister Steven Harper delivering an official Apology to the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada. [p. 97] (Middle School, High School)

Phil Fontaine calls for peaceful Day of Action :  CTV News article from June 28. 2007 [p. 97] (Middle School, High School)