Why History is Important for Understanding the Present

In the social-media age, misinformation abounds. Context can often be found in history, however, not all histories are created equal. The threat of malevolent actors twisting histories to further agendas is very real. That’s why historian Margaret MacMillan says it’s crucial to think critically about the past.

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We Were the Lucky Ones

Three former players on a residential school hockey team recall the reality behind the snapshots of their 1951 exhibition tour.

Remembering the Children Educational Package

A National Crime

One hundred years ago, Dr. Peter Henderson Bryce exposed the horrifying death toll among children in residential schools.

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Denise LeBlanc

In collaboration with the Network School, the Montreal Holocaust Museum and the Monique Fitz-Back Foundation, Denise LeBlanc designed her project with the intention of raising the awareness of her Grade 5 and 6 students on the events surrounding the Holocaust and the concepts of antisemitism and racism.

Printed Textiles From Kinngait Studios

Conceived and presented as a project that foregrounds Inuit voices, expertise, and engagement, the Textile Museum of Canada’s partnership with the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative made possible a process of collaboration with the Kinngait community, resulting in mutually beneficial research, educational programs, and an exhibition tour.

Semá:th X̱ó:tsa: Sts’ólemeqwelh Sx̱ó:tsa/Sumas Lake: Great-Gramma’s Lake

The Reach Gallery Museum initiated a collaborative, multidisciplinary partnership with a number of Stó:lō leaders and knowledge keepers in British Columbia to reclaim the memory of a lake that once stretched between present-day Abbotsford and Chilliwack, British Columbia.

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Possessing Meares Island

Book review: The War in the Woods of the 1980s and 1990s pitted the government of British Columbia against the First Nations of Meares Island, B.C., in a battle over Indigenous rights to the land and its resources.

Intimate Integration

Book review: Allyson D. Stevenson is the chair of Métis studies at the University of Saskatchewan, and the book Intimate Integration is based on her 2015 doctoral dissertation. While this is a scholarly work, it is nevertheless very readable and contains a rich trove of history documenting Indigenous and Métis child welfare in Saskatchewan during the last half of the twentieth century.

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Education

Preparing for Difficult Conversations

In this lesson, students will assess their knowledge of the Residential School system and the ongoing investigations related to students who died while attending Residential Schools.

Considering the Role of Media on Public Awareness of Residential Schools

This lesson encourages students to reflect on the role of the media and the impact of the “news cycle” on public awareness of current affairs.

Reconciliation Through Revitalization

In this lesson, students will explore the concepts of cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation. Students will research contemporary Indigenous people or groups to understand the way they are revitalizing and sharing aspects of their cultures as part of the process of reconciliation.

Making Reconciliation Real

Students will explore the cultural and personal losses that children suffered while attending Residential Schools. Students will generate their own ideas about reconciliation and community action.