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Teaching for Truth and Reconciliation

This guide is meant to assist you in implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action in the classroom.

Truth and Reconciliation

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was formed in 2008 as part of the Indian Residential Schools (IRS) Settlement agreement. For years, commissioners traveled across Canada to conduct interviews with Residential School survivors and their families. Out of these testimonies, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released a 6 volume report in 2015 detailing the history and ongoing legacy of Canada’s Residential School System. The Commission has also released their “Calls to Action,” an outline of recommendations targeted at all Canadians to critically engage with the legacies of state-sanctioned violence against Indigenous Peoples.

Access the full report on the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Website.

Teachers and Truth and Reconciliation

The following resources are meant to be starting points for those unsure of their role in implementing the TRC's calls to action in the classroom. They are fairly high-level.

Resources from Teachers' Organizations