Developing a Global Perspective for Educators

Have a Heart Day on Parliament Hill

Gather up your class, school, or organization to celebrate Have a Heart Day on Parliament Hill.

Date: February 10, 2016
Time: 10:30am to 11:15am
Location: Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario
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Put Reconciliation into Action — Celebrate Have a Heart Day!

On February 14, put reconciliation into action—celebrate Have a Heart Day. Have a Heart Day is a child and youth-led reconciliation campaign that brings together caring Canadians to help ensure First Nations children have the services they need to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy, and be proud of who they are. There are many ways you can celebrate Have a Heart Day: Continue Reading…

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Global Cohort on Algonquin Exchange

Since 2010, teacher candidates from the Developing a Global Perspective for Educators (DGPE) cohort in the Teacher Education program have had the unique opportunity to work with students from an Algonquin First Nations community.

The Kitigan Zibi Kikinamadinan school in Maniwaki, Quebec, was founded to meet the community’s need to educate its youth in a way that honoured Kitigan Zibi’s rich Algonquin culture and heritage. Continue Reading…

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2015 CSSE Annual Conference – Keynote Plenary Session

Félix Cárdenas Aguilar
Honorable Vice Minister of Decolonization, Bolivia

Decolonizing Education from Indigenous Perspectives: Constructing a Multidimensional Justice. In this talk, Honorable Aguilar will share with Canadian educators and researchers some perspectives concerning decolonization and ‘de-­‐patriarchalization’ as processes of social transformation toward a more just and harmonious society. Continue Reading…

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Hearts Garden to honour children lost to Indian Residential Schools

Image from TanzaniaAs a legacy to the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada, former students of Indian Residential Schools and their families, the TRC, FN Caring Society, KAIROS and Project of Heart invite children and youth across the country to create a Heart Garden in their communities or schools.

The idea behind the Heart Gardens is to honour children lost to the Indian Residential School (IRS) system. Create your own heart and decorate it in your own way to honour those lost to the IRS along with why reconciliation is important to you. Continue Reading…

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Our Dreams Matter Too: Equality for First Nations Children



I imagine a Canada where every child’s dreams count. June 11 is the anniversary of the Prime Minister’s apology for residential schools but First Nations children continue to experience inequities in education, health, child welfare and other government services compared to all other children. We can do something about this! On June 11, organize or take part in an Our Dreams Matter Too walk and write letters to the Prime Minister and elected officials supporting culturally based equity for First Nations children. Continue Reading…

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Letters to Canada



Letters to Canada is a video documenting the thoughts of Canadian children on the unequal treatment of First Nations children in Canada. The video was produced by Dr. Cindy Blackstock (University of Alberta and First Nations Children’s and Family Caring Society) to be shown as an opening statement at the Human Rights Tribunal Hearing on First Nations Child Welfare that begins on February 25. Continue Reading…

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Aboriginals and Early Settlers – Math Component

New Lesson Plan on Human Rights & the First Nations people…
Aboriginal and Early Settlers – Math Component by Riva Gewarges. Thank you Riva for the lesson plan submission. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
The overall goal of this lesson is to introduce students to the concept of human rights by focusing on the historical and present impacts European colonization of Canada using mathematics. This lesson provides a basis which can then be expanded to allow students to read, describe, and interpret primary data presented in charts and graphs, including vertical and horizontal graphs.

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In the News: Water on First Nations Reservations

New Lesson Plan on Environmental Sustainability & Water Crisis…
In the News: Water on First Nations Reservations by Jessica Landry. Thank you Jessica for sharing your ideas with us. Check out this and other great resources under Teachers Resources.

Lesson Description:
Access to water is not just a problem in the developing world. Some communities in Canada don’t have access to running water in their homes. In this lesson, students will be introduced to a particular news story about a Manitoba First Nations community that doesn’t have access to running water.

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