Called to Act: Truth, Reconciliation, and Collaboration

Watch the recordings of the 14th Canada’s History Forum

Hosted by Canada’s History Society

Posted June 4, 2022

Saturday, June 4, 2022
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Winnipeg, Manitoba

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s final report provides Canadians with ninety-four concrete recommendations for advancing reconciliation. It calls upon us to work together, with courage, determination, and mutual respect, so that we can foster new relationships and envision a more just and equitable future.

Truth — a deep understanding of the history and legacy of colonization, as well an appreciation of the cultures, knowledge systems, oral histories, languages, and protocols of Indigenous peoples in Canada — remains central to this important work.

Canada’s National History Society was honoured to present the 14th Canada’s History Forum and to bring together educators, Indigenous leaders, researchers, and community members for a conversation about truth and reconciliation.

Featuring award-winning educators and researchers from across Canada, this event highlighted community-based projects that exemplify meaningful and tangible acts of reconciliation.

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Opening Remarks by Jennifer Moore Rattray

Jennifer Moore Rattray is the chief operating officer at Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO). Jennifer served as executive director of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and was an award-winning television journalist. A proud member of Peepeekisis Cree Nation, she is one of the first Indigenous women to anchor the television news in Canada.

Putting the 'I' in History

Connie Wyatt Anderson is a long-time educator from The Pas, Manitoba. She has been involved in the creation of student learning materials and curricula and has contributed to a number of textbooks, teacher support guides, and school publications.

Presentation by Janelle Delorme

Janelle Delorme is a francophone Red River Métis activist, drum carrier and popular education specialist from St-Boniface / Treaty 1 territory. Janelle’s reconciliation journey began more than 10 years ago having participated in the ReconciliACTION program at Université de St-Boniface (2011-2013). She is a sought-out speaker and workshop facilitator on reconciliation and has facilitated hundreds of KAIROS Blanket Exercises.

The Waterdown Platinum Jubilee Treaty Forest

Nathan Tidridge, in partnership with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, established the Souharissen Natural Area in Waterdown, Ontario. This 55-acre educational and cultural space continues to evolve as an outdoor classroom and inspiration for numerous curriculum-based projects.

Pinnguaq Association: Root & STEM

Pinnguaq Association was founded in Nunavut and now has offices in British Columbia and Ontario. Pinnguaq, which means “play” in Inuktitut, incorporates STEAM into unique learning applications that promote storytelling, health, wellness, and growth with rural and remote communities.

Presentation by Emanuelle Dufour

Emanuelle Dufour holds a master's degree in anthropology from the University of Montreal focusing on the history of First Nations education in Quebec and Indigenous cultural safety in post-secondary contexts. She also holds a doctorate in art education from Concordia University for which she received the Governor General's medal and the Distinction Award from the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling.

Connecting Community, Culture and Curriculum

Genevieve Soler and Kayla Weller worked with Stoney Nakoda Elders Virgle Stephens, Tracey Stevens, and Phillomene Stevens to help their grade 4 students explore and deepen their understanding of their culture, traditions, and personal histories.

Enriching Cultural Understanding in the Classroom

Maxine Hildebrandt is a member of Pelican Lake First Nation and a teacher at Mother Earth’s Children’s Charter School (MECCS), Canada’s only Indigenous charter school, in Warburg, Alberta. Maxine organized a cultural exchange with another rural school in Alberta to introduce students to each other’s history, culture, and perspectives.

The Road to Reconciliaton: Bringing the 94 Calls to the Middle Years Classroom

Elementary teacher Jacqueline Cleave led a project to make the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s ninety-four calls to action more accessible to younger learners.

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