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Indigenous Education
U'mista Display
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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
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Click here for poster.  You can also order this from SD71 print shop.

Exhibit Information and Background Knowledge

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Commemoration Canoe.pdf

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 

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

Some Examples


Post Exhibit

Found Poetry 

Found Poetry example.jpgplease 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.

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​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