Today our class had a Facetime chat with Matt Henderson, a friend of mine who is a teacher in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I met Matt this past summer at Unplug’d 2012, an amazing PD experience you can read all about here.
The students and I have been watching films, reading articles and discussing colonialism and Idle No More for the past few weeks. We are learning about how the government of Canada treated the indigenous peoples of Canada and how that has affected their culture, families and individuals. Matt helped our class by explaining what he knows about colonial history in Canada, particularly Manitoba, but also the Maritmes, Ontario & Quebedc and the west. Matt also explained that the Idle No More movement is about people taking a stand to effect change. Taking a stand to right the wrongs of the past and to work together as Canadians to change the present. Deciding that it’s not OK to subjugate others and reaching out to support our fellow human beings.
One of our goals with this exploration is to understand perspective and prejudice and to try our very best to form opinions about issues and people only after we have valid information about them. This is taking a critical stance, examining an issue, synthesizing all the information, and developing an informed opinion.
We watched this CBC Doczone episode to help us understand modern First Nation people’s lives.