Northern Curriculum - CoverNWT and NU Curriculum on Residential Schools Unveiled

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OTTAWA (October 3, 2012) – A comprehensive residential schools curriculum package developed in partnership with the Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF), the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Government of Nunavut was presented on October 2, 2012 in Yellowknife, NT. The Honourable Eva Aariak, Premier and Minister of Education of the Government of Nunavut and the Honourable Jackson Lafferty, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment with the Government of the Northwest Territories unveiled the curriculum at the beginning of Territorial-wide teacher training for social and northern studies teachers. The first edition of The Residential School System in Canada: Understanding the Past – Seeking Reconciliation – Building Hope for Tomorrow was presented to Marie Wilson, Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
During the event, Minister Lafferty stated, "The learning activities in this unit are built on the voices and the stories of the former residential school students and others… they did this disregarding the pain and grief it caused them personally, because they wanted us to know.”
Originating from the LHF's 100 Years of Loss: The Residential School System in Canada Edu-kit (a pan-Canadian curriculum package) that began distribution in March 2012, the Northern curriculum package is an expanded version that represents Northern perspectives and experiences of the Residential School System. Comprised of a teacher's guide, timeline, and community resources, topics covered in the package include life before residential schools, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's apology to former students, Survivor stories, as well as historical and cultural information. A DVD featuring multimedia resources is also included.
The Legacy of Hope Foundation is pleased and honoured to be part of this important and historic collaboration and welcomes the opportunity to assist other jurisdictions to integrate this important subject into their curricula. President Richard Kistabish stresses the important role that education plays in reconciliation: "Education is necessary for Canadians to move forward on the path towards understanding and reconciliation, and it is our youth who will lead us there.”
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Interview with Richard Kistabish (français)

Radio Canada, Téléjournal segment 3/5 (click on the fast forward button to section 3)
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