We are very fortunate to have been lent the sacred, Project of Heart Canoe. It is on loan to us from Langley school district. Curriculum Support Teachers and Aboriginal Resource Teachers of SD 71 met during the first week of January, 2018 to create a series of lessons in preparation for students and teachers visiting this display. We wanted to get students noticing, thinking and wondering using images and picture books. Many students were able to tap into their background knowledge and make connections to their understanding of residential schools. These lessons have been well received. Even if you don't have access to this exhibit, we hope these lessons are helpful as you lead students toward truth and reconciliation.
Teaching with Compassion Poster: Ideas for Self-Care when Exploring Difficult Topics
Click here for poster. You can also order this from SD71 print shop.
Exhibit Information and Background Knowledge
Speaking to Memory Exhibit.pdf
Supporting Materials for lessons
Most supporting materials, books and images, are at the school with the display. We now have an extra kit that we will bring to the school that is receiving the display next so that they can get started on the lesson.
Parent letter Umista Display.docx
Co-concstructing ideas for a difficult conversation
BLM Exchanging Ideas Co-constructing ideas.pdf
You Hold me Up by Monique Gray Smith
BLM You Hold Me Up.pdf
My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith
BLM Fill My Heart.pdf
Shi Shi Etko by Nicola Campbell
BLM Shi Shi Etko.pdf Shi shi Etko Boxing Strategy.pdf
The Rabbits by John Marsden and Shaun Tan
BLM The Rabbits Inferring.pdf BLM Reflection.pdf
Suggested Video Clips
Suggested video clips for Umista Project
please find an example of a Found Poetry Lesson. Adapt as necessary. One teacher used words from the canoe instead of quotes. See poetry example below.
Create Your Own Tile
BLM Create a Tile.pdf
Brooklyn students write messages of support to survivors of residential schools
Brooklyn student hosted the Umista exhibit, a blend of two exhibits, to help students understand residential schools and their impact on students years ago.
Puntledge Park Elementary
Barb De Geode's Grade 5 classs turned their tiles into necklaces.
Directions to make a tile necklace: Project Heart Tile Necklace.pdf
After learning about a difficult topic, it is a good idea to release the negative thoughts and think about what you can do for the future. Your whole school is now in possession of the truth and moving forward together is our goal.
One school had a school assembly and showed a power point of students visiting the display with some music. Another school listening to a drumming celebrations song. Email us for some ideas.
Want to take Action?
Check out our suggestions for further action on this Reconciliation link we created