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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.

Bringing Indigenous Voices into the Classroom

"Do, whenever possible, allow Indigenous people to speak for themselves. Inviting local Indigenous knowledge keepers into your classroom is an opportunity to forge new and ongoing relationships. If an Indigenous person cannot be present, there are excellent and well-vetted videos available." – Dr. Kate Freeman, Shawn McDonald, and Dr. Lindsay Morcom in "Truth and Reconciliation in YOUR Classroom."
Inviting an Indigenous knowledge keeper into the classroom is ideal: they show students Indigenous Peoples continue to exist, and they are subject-matter experts. Still, inviting in a knowledge keeper may not always be possible. Films and videos suggested on this page are produced by Indigenous people, and serve to bring real, current Indigenous voices into the classroom in cases where experts are not available.

Using Film

National Film Board LogoThe National Film Board (NFB) has a rich collection of films produced by Indigenous filmmakers on the Indigenous experience. Queen's University has a subscription to the NFB's Campus service, which gives Queen's students access to educational tools for films. To use Campus, you must create a NFB account.

Browse the Indigenous film collection here. Click on a title, then click "Education" to view related lesson plans. While a Campus account is needed to access most lesson plans, some are open access.

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