I recently presented a First Peoples Principles of Learning (FPPL) Professional Development workshop. One educator inquired as to how and why all of this Indigenous conversation started in schools. I shared an overview of the role of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the 94 Calls to Action. Of course one cannot do justice in presenting a historical overview without digging deeper into the events that led to the social, political, economical, and cultural demises of Indigenous peoples in Canada and the current cultural revitalization.
Bob Joseph, in his 21 Things You May Not Know about the Indian Act, communicates, among others, the creation of the reserve system, residential schools, imposition of band councils, demise of women’s roles, and the lasting impacts. In a sensitive and concise style, Mr. Joseph teaches why learning about the Indian Act and its devastating legacy is vital to moving forward with reconciliation. He concisely addressed the above inquiry as to “why” the inclusion of Indigenous content in all curriculum areas. This pocket sized, invaluable resource imparts foundational Indigenous facts and knowledge that all educators need to know to begin to address NLPS’s Goal #4 Truth and Reconciliation.
21 Things You May Not Know about the Indian Act includes terminology, classroom activities, discussion guide, additional reading, residential school chronology, Formal Apology from Prime Minister Stephen Harper transcript, 94 Calls to Action, and 21 things you can do to help change the world.
Stay tuned for the upcoming pop-up book club with hosts Stephanie Johnson and Ted Cadwallader, along with special guests.