In 2016, the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights engaged in a collaborative pilot project with five schools in Edmonton Catholic and Edmonton Public School Boards. The program explored reconciliation through a human rights-based lens, exploring a variety of topics including the history of Residential Schools, the Blanket Exercise, Treaty, Worldview, Indigenous Language, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and Children’s Rights. The program also had students go through a process of building their own calls to action and using art for reconciliation in their schools.
This project inspired the creation of a resource with community and student participation, that will provide teachers across the province with meaningful process to educate on reconciliation. https://www.jhcentre.org/reconciliation-in-schools/
he Advancing Reconciliation in Education Professional Development Series workshops provide the opportunity to work through the toolkit and learn how you can apply it to introducing and working through Canada’s complex and challenging history in the classroom while inspiring action and understanding in schools and the broader community.
"Education, or what passed for it, got us into this situation, and education is what will lead us out. Schools seem to us to be one of the best vehicles to create and sustain a change in the attitude of all Canadians to the nature of the relationship that must exist between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the country:" Murry Sinclair
Session One: Starting the Conversation
The first full day workshop will provide a starting point to open conversations about our shared history and provide a framework for introducing Truth and Reconciliation in the classroom. The session will create a safe and supportive space for teachers to work through some important questions about teaching reconciliation in an age appropriate way. We will introduce the toolkit and provide a grounding in some foundational principles for reconciliation: the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and local Treaties. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from a local Elder/Knowledge Keeper who will lead us in ceremony, share teachings and help work some of the questions and barriers that may arise. We will engage in cross cultural dialogue about reconciliation in schools, share best practices and work through the sessions of the toolkit.
Session Two: Truth Before Reconciliation
The second full day workshop will provide participants the opportunity to delve deeper into activities and topics of the toolkit. Participants will engage in collaborative, participatory learning sessions about Treaty, UNDRIP and Reclaiming Indigenous Language and Worldview in education and explore alternative pedagogies for the classroom. We will model age appropriate ways to bring these concepts into the classroom and engage with a local Indigenous knowledge keeper to explore the local context of these topics.
Session Three: Turning Knowledge into Action
This workshop will explore how teachers can hold space for difficult topics and use student participation and art-making to help process our colonial history, express their feelings about Canada’s past and recognize their own agency through art and activism. The Calls to Action process is an important way for students to recognize that their voices are valued, that they can be agents of change, and contribute to meaningful conversations and actions in their school and community. In this workshop, we will model process, present concrete examples of students’ work, and provide teachers with practical tools and examples to implement the process in their classroom. Teachers will also walk away with a clear idea and strategy of how they can connect to local community resources to support the journey.
Chelsea Burke, Education Lead and Program Facilitator
Having grown up in East Vancouver, on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish People, Chelsea has been steeped in a quintessentially Canadian multicultural, multiple perspective environment. She has an Education degree from the University of Alberta with a minor in Social Studies. Chelsea's focus in education is based on discovery and inquiry and in connecting learning to the many innovations in indigenous knowledge, social movements, art, media and technology to facilitate a sense of agency and connection to our communities. She values grassroots action that comes from a sense of personal passion and commitment to help work through the myriad of issues facing humanity today; and is honoured to work with an organization like John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights that has been doing this so passionately for many years.
Maigan van der Giessen , Creative Lead and Program Facilitator
Maigan van der Giessen was raised on Treaty 6 territory and works as an artist, activist, human rights facilitator and youth mentor. She graduated from the UofA's Political Science department in 2012 with a minor in Middle Eastern and African studies. Maigan is passionate about the intersection of artistic expression and artistic resistance. In her role as Creative Lead for the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, Maigan uses community arts and dialogue as tools to facilitate deeper understanding and exploration of social justice issues. Her approach to creating social change focuses on providing space and opportunities for marginalized voices and grassroots movements to document and express their perspectives on critical issues.
Request for cancellation or refund must be received in writing (fax/email) at the CARC office a minimum of 3 FULL business days prior to the event start, or registration fees will apply and refunds will not be issued. If you are unable to attend a session and unable to provide three FULL business days’ notice, please feel free to delegate an alternate to attend in your place.
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|Registration Deadline:||May 11, 2018|
|Focus(es):||Education for Reconciliation|
Session will run from: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM