The National Film Board of Canada partnered with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to help teachers educate students about Indigenous realities. Following a theme of treaties, the resource they developed guides teachers and students to create a Land Acknowledgement statement. There are four mini-lessons to help students understand the spirit and intent of treaties and provide them with the information they need to discuss the issues of access to drinking water, health care, and education. Once they’ve completed the activities, students are encouraged to write, record and share their Land Acknowledgement statements on social media. Learn more and access the mini-lessons here.
September 30th, 2021 marked the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. A day to honour the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. As we move into October, we encourage schools and teachers to continue the conversations and learning around truth and reconciliation throughout the year.