About 100 Years of Loss

The Residential School System in Canada

In 2010-2011 the Legacy of Hope Foundation developed two new educational products targeted to Canadian youth aged 11-18. Both products were designed to support educators and administrators in raising awareness and teaching about the history and legacy of residential schools outside or as an extension of provincial/territorial curricula — effectively providing practical tools that can be implemented in the short-term. These products come in response to demands from educators for complete in-class resources, and serve as an entry point to both the subject matter and to existing resources currently available at www.wherearethechildren.ca.

While the LHF and its partners are engaged in efforts at the various provincial/territorial level to facilitate the development of curriculum on the history and legacy of residential schools across Canada, these products serve the immediate needs of educators. The first product is considered an entry-level resource that can be implemented in-class and is an educational workshop kit, or Edu-Kit, comprising a small-scale exhibit/display, Survivor videos, and a customizable activity-based workshop with student and teacher resources and extension activities.

The second product, a bilingual English/French mobile exhibit, consists of 8 thematic pods (4 in each language), and a wavy wall that presents interweaving timelines. This educational resource lends itself to week-long activities or events, such as Aboriginal Awareness Week. Both the Edu-Kit and the mobile exhibit can be used together or as stand-alone resources. Together with online resources, these new products provide ample means by which educators can increasingly integrate information on the Residential School System and its impacts into their course offerings.

Both the Edu-Kit, which targets grades 7- 10, and the mobile exhibit and workshop which targets grades 9-12, promote an understanding of the history and legacy of residential schools, sensitize and educate young Canadians including Aboriginal, non-Aboriginal and new Canadians, challenge stereotypes and contribute to shifting opinions that foster inquiry, dialogue, and action. The workshop process, whether using the activities-based Edu-Kit or the inquiry, research, and discussion-based mobile exhibition workshop, is designed to take youth through the spectrum of awareness, to sensitization, to understanding, and finally to action that has the potential, and indeed initiates the process of reconciliation. In terms of targeting youth, the LHF considers: the potential for making the greatest impact in shifting opinions and values during a time of intense learning and inquiry before viewpoints may become entrenched; the level of maturity required to cope with learning difficult subject matter in a comprehensive manner.

Contact the Legacy of Hope Foundation for more information on these and other products.
291 Dalhousie St, Suite 205, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7E5
T: 613-237-4806 or 877-553-7177 info@legacyofhope.ca
Charitable Registration#: 86347 1520 RR0001