Residential Schools: Do we have the collective responsibility to respond based on controversial actions in the past and present?
Recently, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) gave its recommendations for how we are going to reconcile the past and tell the true history of Canada. One of the recommendations is that students in BC Schools are educated on the history of the residential schools in an effort towards reconciliation. What is our responsibility as Canadians in regard to this history and moving forward as a society?
Core Competencies are a new approach in British Columbia to Expected Learning Outcomes beyond content to developing the ‘Educated Citizen.’ They focus on Personal and Social, Thinking, and Communication. An integrated unit that interweaves these competencies is a valuable way to use learning.
The basis of this unit is rooted in the area of Social Studies. Several other curriculum strands have been incorporated to extend thinking and incorporate multiple intelligences into content delivery.
Direct content connections can include:
Aboriginal connections include:
Process learning connections can include:
Political decision-making and societal change are influenced by interactions between individuals, groups, and institutions.
Review the recommendations of the TRC in terms of education. Create an action plan for each of the recommendations.
The arts develop innovative thinking and problem-solving skills by encouraging multi-dimensional solutions in resolving challenges.
Students will participate in the Project of Heart. They will use art to communicate with residential school survivors. They will create a mural that represents their perspective of the residential school system.
Competency Profile: Valuing Diversity
Students value diversity, defend human rights, advocate for others, and act with a sense of ethics in interactions, including online.
Sample “I” Statements:
The following resources are from the ERAC Evaluated and Approved collection accessible at bcerac