March 14, 2012
The Journey of Heroes Conference
100 years of loss - the residential
school system - March 27 & 28
Released by Eddie Gardiner,
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 - effectively providing practical tools that can
be implemented in classrooms beginning January 2012.
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
While the LHF and its partners are engaged in efforts at the
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 Edu-Kit comprises a small-scale wall-mounted timeline, videos
including Survivor testimonies, and a Teacher's Guide with six
customizable Lesson Plans (12-24 hrs of activities) complete with
blackline masters, teacher resources and extension activities.
This bilingual mobile exhibition is designed to raise awareness
about the history and legacy of residential schools and includes
companion educational resources for students in grades 9-12.
Consisting of eight thematic pods (4 in each official 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.
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borrowing this exhibition? Contact our Exhibitions Manager for more
The Edu-Kit and the mobile exhibition 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
exhibition and workshop which targets grades 9-12, promote an
understanding of the history and legacy of residentials schools,
sensitize and educate young Canadian including Aboriginal,
non-Aboriginal and new Canadians, challenges stereotypes and
contribute to shifting opinions that foster inquiry, dialogue, and
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 out 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.
These products were developed with assistance from the Department of
Canadian Heritage (Museum Assistance Program) and Aboriginal Affairs
and Northern Development Canada (Advocacy and Public Information
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