First Nations (Indian) Residential Schools: A Culture Lost (Through the lens of: the Rights of a Child) has been developed to support the current Canadian curriculum standards. I have been using this presentation with classes from Grade 3 to Grade 12. It is an easy way to step in to the topic of Residential Schools with students. Teachers can choose one or more of the suggested post projects depending on the level of the students.
You will need to have a copy of the book 'When I was Eight' by Margret Pokiak-Fenton.
Lesson 1 - The Rights of a Child
Lesson 2 - 'When I was Eight' - Story of Residential School
Lesson 3 - Comparison and Comprehension Response
Lesson 4 - The Intent of the Canadian Government
Lesson 5 - Residential School Timeline
Lesson 6 - Research a Residential School
Lesson 7 - Research and Honour a Survivor
Lesson 8 - Reconciliation Projects (in-depth modules to one day events)
The unit begins by having the students generating their ideas of the Rights of a Child. They then compare 'their' Rights to the Rights of a Child developed by the United Nations and the experience of a little girl Olemaun (Margret) who attends Residential School in the north. The unit then gives the background of the Canadian government's intentions of why Residential Schools were created. The unit provides a timeline of the history of Indian Residential Schools; where students can follow the rise and fall of the institutions. Students then can research a Residential School or a Survivor. Finally, many Reconciliation projects are suggested, as well as, further reading on the topic.