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Learning about Residential Schools and their impact on the Indigenous communities in Canada is important for both students and educators. But where to begin? This product takes the guess work out of how to talk about this tragic event in Canadian history. Along with introducing Residential Schools and the impact they had on the survivors, this product also contains a moving piece of art work by Canadian Indigenous artist, Kent Monkman who has generously given permission for his work, "The Scream" to be shared in this product.
- page breakdown that gives a quick summary of the learning taking place on each page so you can print all at once or print specific pages as you need them
- an introduction into the Residential School system in Canada
- a brief explanation of the first Residential School and the last Residential School to close
- activity that asks students to sort through statements and find those that support the learning of Residential Schools
- description of the Inuit Residential School experience
- description of the Métis Residential School experience
- a review of the formal apology given by Prime Minister Stephen Harper (full text included) as well as questions that prompt thinking and reflection by students
- assignment that asks students to use a list of criteria to help create their own apology speech
- introduction to Indigenous artist, Kent Monkman and his work "The Scream". This work illustrates an important moment in Canadian history and the artist has generously granted permission for it to be shared in this product. Students will not only be exposed to this work but will be prompted to reflect on what Mr. Monkman has created
- Answer key (when appropriate)
As an educator with a Métis background, I know there is so much more that can be included in a product related to Residential Schools but I am hoping this provides a good starting place for teachers in need.