This Professional Development unit provides a basic foundational knowledge that nearly all Canadians missed throughout the course of their education, prior to reconciliation. Many of us were not taught about the historical and ongoing relationship between Indigenous Peoples and those who settled on their lands.
This unit will help you and your organization meet some of the '94 Calls to Actions from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission'.
This online unit is meant to enhance (not replace) local Indigenous knowledge. We hope that that it will provide a bridge that facilitates direct learning relationships with Indigenous Peoples, Nations and organizations as a result of a heightened awareness and understanding. With this foundational unit, connections with Indigenous Peoples are the natural next step we invite you to take. Online portals and multi-media elements cannot replace the importance of being in direct contact with the Indigenous Peoples in your region. Sitting down beside an Indigenous person and taking the time to listen and learn is a vital next step.
Introducing 4 Seasons of Reconciliation
Watch the short introduction video to the unit, if you have not already viewed it on your landing page. By scrolling below the video, you can then proceed to the first slide presentation on colonialism in Canada. (3:59 min.)
Test your knowledge with a short quiz on Truth and Reconciliation elements which you will learn in the unit. Only the final quiz at Module 10 is evaluated.
We begin in the east: Mi'kmaq territory
We begin our journey of ‘truth & reconciliation’ in the east, in Prince-Edward Island. To Canadians, it is the birthplace of Canada’s Confederacy, to Indigenous People it is known as unceded Mi'kmaq territory. We listen to the messages of reconciliation from two leaders who are both passionate about education and committed to reconciliation. One is a former teacher and Premier of the province, the other a Mi'kmaq Chief, now newly elected to the Senate, Senator Brian Francis.
Watch a short video message from Senator Murray Sinclair, Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. (3:15 min.)
Interested in furthering your knowledge on reconciliation?
Visit the “Bonus Learning” page at anytime for extra videos, documentaries, and PDF readings. This link is also accessible through the landing page “Unit Overview”, which you can also access at any time at the bottom left of every page.
We will suggest bonus viewing videos from your ‘Bonus Learning’ library that connect to some of the module’s theme. Questions in the final quiz will not pertain to these bonus sections and these videos can be watched at your leisure. Every season, more videos will be added to your bonus learning section which you can access long after you’ve completed the quiz.