Every Child Matters Educational Package

Produced in collaboration with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, we are pleased to announce the publication of Every Child Matters: Reconciliation Through Education.

Written by award-winning Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith, this magazine, which is based on the Seven Sacred Teachings, is aimed for students in grades 5–12 and is available in both English and French.

Each chapter teaches children about residential schools, Treaties, and the historic and current relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Accompanied by supplementary educational resources, the magazine is both a guide and a journal for young people as they explore their feelings, build confidence, and foster greater respect and empathy throughout their reconciliation journeys.

Educator’s Guide

The publication Every Child Matters: Reconciliation Through Education and the complementary educator’s guide are designed to support teachers and students in their learning journey. The activities are intended to encourage student inquiry and investigation, while also supporting action-based learning.

Each lesson is based on one of the seven teachings, reminding all of us that love, truth, wisdom, humility, courage, respect, and honesty truly matter. It is our hope that these lessons help you and your students live out these teachings, in your classrooms, in your actions, and in your everyday lives.

We would like to thank all of the contributors and advisors who have shared their work and contributed to this important project.

Download the PDF of this guide


Also available in French


Our Thanks

With appreciation to TD Bank Group for their assistance in extending the reach of the Every Child Matters publication into classrooms across Canada.

Lesson Plans

Demonstrating Respect through Understanding and Taking Action (ReconciliAction)

This set of lessons encourages students to consider multiple perspectives of historical events and to explore what it means to be an ally.

Gibaajimominaan: Our Stories

In this lesson students will learn from residential school Survivors and consider what they can do to support the Survivors and their families.

Learning Humility Through Being a Witness

Through engaging in two acts of reconciliation, students will begin to understand the way humility puts us in a place of feeling small within the larger picture of issues and events.

Honesty: Taking Action

In this lesson, students will assess the outcomes of individual and collective action, and design a personal plan for reconciliation in their own lives and communities.

More on Truth & Reconciliation

Remembering the Children

Canadians are still grappling with the truths about residential schools, spurring long-overdue conversations inside and outside the classroom. Remembering the Children offers a way to begin those conversations.

Truth and Reconciliation Week 2021

This free magazine is intended for students in grades 5–12. Through an allegorical graphic novel-style comic, it explores what it means to have guests arrive at your doorstep, and your home taken away, and how we can still find ways to live well together.

More resources

For more lesson plans and educational resources visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.