The 4 Seasons of Reconciliation resource was conceptualized originally for Colleges & Universities and can assist you in adopting the Truth & Reconciliation's calls to action. This initiative and resource is inspired by our work with the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and the Legacy of Hope.
In a Post-Secondary Setting:
The resources and campaign are adapted for College and University level. The reconciliation campaign can take place across all Departments, all campuses and even at the Institutional level. The reconciliation resource can be taught to a multitude of Disciplines and connects to numerous courses.
The resource and campaign are adapted for Colleges and Universities. The reconciliation campaign can take place across all Departments, all campuses as well as internally, at the Institutional level. The reconciliation resource can be taught to a multitude of Disciplines and connects to numerous courses. After all, reconciliation is intended for all Canadians as well as their institutions.
The resource is adapted from the ‘Response, Responsibility, Reconciliation’ developed thanks to a grant from the Aboriginal Healing Foundation with the guidance from the Legacy of Hope.
Colleges and Universities participate by engaging with students and the Institution through the resource by:
- adding the resource to their students’ course textbook list for purchase
- adding the resource as a tool of professional development within the Faculty and Institution for team training
- dedicatinga minimum of 5 hours of classroom time to reconciliation education
The Post-Secondary Institutions participate by engaging with students and the Institution through the campaign by:
- committing the Institution as a whole (or a minimum of four Faculties) for 4 seasons (4 school terms - 2 years) to activities of reconciliation
- forming education alliances with Indigenous educators, knowledge-keepers and organizations including local Nations in the planning and dissemination of the campaign.
In turn, the team at ‘4 Seasons of Reconciliation Campaign’ will provide resources for sale. However all training support will be provided for free for the duration of the campaign. This is consistent with its social venture model.
Free professional development and educator support includes:
- Free conference calls for post-secondary institutions available every few weeks to provide educator classroom support and the opportunity to meet the educators from the Indigenous Advisory Circle who will be leading the calls. (If necessary, one-on-one calls with educators)
- Free assistance in bridging alliances with local Nations and Indigenous organizations through the Indigenous Advisory Circle for this campaign and the team.
- Free on-site support once every season to assist with the planning and execution of the campaign. How this time is utilized, is at the discretion of the Institution. For example, this can be for professional development, keynote and event speakers, assistance with events, visits to Faculties or classrooms as well as working with the Communications Department on media releases, press relations and - or reconciliation reports.
- These on-site visits can be planned in partnership with other local Educational Institutions to add extra time to the free support services.
- Free e-magazine section dedicated to your participating Institution telling your story of reconciliation.
Each Post-Secondary Institution is invited to include members of their own local Indigenous groups and alliances to the ‘4 Seasons of Reconciliation Indigenous Advisory Circle’ to lead, shape or participate in the resource and the campaign. The resource is a living document with a solid national framework from which content can be customized to each region. The campaign is also intended to adapted and be shaped by the lands and Nations on which it takes place. It is a living and local campaign.
Education for reconciliation
1. We call upon the federal, provincial, and territorial governments, in consultation and collaboration with Survivors, Aboriginal peoples, and educators, to:
i. Make age-appropriate curriculum on residential schools, Treaties, and Aboriginal peoples’ historical and contemporary contributions to Canada a mandatory education requirement for Kindergarten to Grade Twelve students.
ii. Provide the necessary funding to post-secondary institutions to educate teachers on how to integrate Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods into classrooms
iii. Provide the necessary funding to Aboriginal schools to utilize Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods in classrooms
iv. Establish senior-level positions in government at the assistant deputy minister level or higher dedicated to Aboriginal content in education.
2. We call upon the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada to maintain an annual commitment to Aboriginal education issues, including:
i. Developing and implementing Kindergarten to Grade Twelve curriculum and learning resources on Aboriginal peoples in Canadian history, and the history and legacy of residential schools.
ii. Sharing information and best practices on teaching curriculum related to residential schools and Aboriginal history.
iii. Building student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect.
iv. Identifying teacher-training needs relating to the above.
3. We call upon all levels of government that provide public funds to denominational schools to require such schools to provide an education on comparative religious studies, which must include a segment on Aboriginal spiritual beliefs and practices developed in collaboration with Aboriginal Elders.
4. We call upon the federal government, through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, post-secondary institutions and educators, and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and its partner institutions, to establish a national research program with multi-year funding to advance understanding of reconciliation.