4 Seasons of Reconciliation?
4 Seasons of Reconciliation is a multi-media teaching unit that promotes a renewed relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canadians, through transformative learning. This educational initiative, developed for secondary, post-secondary and the workplace incorporates teacher guides, slideshows, videos and films along with engaging online portals.
How the resource benefits Educators:
4 Seasons of Reconciliation is ready to use for your classroom, and includes a comprehensive teacher’s guidebook, along with a professional development portal. Our teaching unit is user friendly and designed to fully inform even teachers or faculty members less familiar with the themes and terminology of reconciliation between Canadians and Indigenous Peoples. The purchase price of the teaching unit also includes an ongoing support for educators, as well as opportunities to attend training seminars tailor-made to assist teachers in presenting the learning modules in class.
Our resource provides teachers and school boards with a low-cost, all-inclusive means of fittingly addressing the ever-pressing mandate of teaching the intricacies of reconciliation to secondary and post-secondary students. In addition, the resources we provide are a direct response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 94 Calls to Action, more specifically # 62, which calls federal, provincial and territorial governments to develop and implement curriculum and learning resources from a First Nations, Metis and Inuit perspective.
We are what we teach:
The themes and narrative arc of our unit follow First Nations principles, and were drawn according to directives from our Indigenous Advisory Circle. Educators as well as schooling institutions will benefit from our ability to establish a network between participating schools and First Nations communities. This in turn will enable students and their professors to ground their learning experience in the First Nations territories and communities that surround them.
The high school unit is comprised of a series of 5 lectures each 75 minutes in length, spanning one school week (5 days) of in-class learning. This teaching unit involves the viewing of the acclaimed film Third World Canada, class discussions, as well as a group project to be presented by students in front of their peers. Teachers will be provided with ready to use PowerPoints, several multimedia resources, as well as a comprehensive teacher’s guide. Teachers will also have access to an online portal for their own professional development, enriched with additional resources and learning material.
The college and university teaching unit will be comprised of a three-hour overview covering the essential topics of reconciliation, inspired by First Nations University's Reconciliation Certificate Program. Students will then access an online portal and complete one hour of additional learning through video resources. A list of readings for both graduates and undergraduates will be assigned to students the week before the in-class lecture. Faculty members will also have access to an online portal, enriched with additional material for themselves and their students.
Our team is comprised of Productions Cazabon, led by the award-winning documentary filmmaker Andrée Cazabon, and the Indigenous Advisory Circle. Andrée Cazabon’s fifth film, 3rd Canada, focused on the living conditions on a First Nations reserve and their impact on children and their families. Cazabon has dedicated over 10 years, both professional and personally, to raise awareness and promote educational initiatives about reconciliation across our country. 4 Seasons of Reconciliation is the culmination of a journey that continues, thanks to the generous help of our donors and supporters.
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Les 4 Saisons de la Réconciliation est une unité d'apprentissage unique conçue dans le but de promouvoir une relation renouvelée entre les Peuples Autochtones et les Canadiens. Cette ressource a été développée afin d'aider votre école ou votre organisme à intégrer les principes de la réconciliation à tous les niveaux.
Les mêmes ressources sont disponibles en français, soit le guide pédagogique, les présentations Powerpoint, ainsi que les vidéos multi-médias prêts à utiliser dans votre salle de classe.
The Indigenous Advisory Circle participates in key executive decisions for both the resources and the campaign. The circle is grounded at the centre of Canada's oldest Indigenous-controlled education centre: the First Nations University of Canada.