Lorrie Gallant

I am married to a restaurateur which has many perks when I’m too busy to make dinner! I have two beautiful daughters, a creative and wonderful son-in-law and a gorgeous 7-month-old grandson named Cash. I am a writer, illustrator, storyteller, visual artist, educator, Expressive Arts Practitioner, born and raised on Six Nations of the Grand River Territory Ontario. I have written a series of children’s books, participated on many inter-generational projects, and art exhibitions that are all based on Indigenous community. I worked 11 years at Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford Ontario (formerly the Mohawk Institute, the first residential school in Canada) as the Museum Education Coordinator where I developed art-based teachings and workshops to reveal the rich culture of the Haudenosaunee and the history and trauma of colonization and the residential school. Now I present workshops, and consult on these subjects for school boards, museums, educators and organizations who want to understand more and find ways to participate in the 94 calls to actions of Truth and Reconciliation.

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Honouring Reciprocity and Survivors of Canada’s Residential Schools

Posted by Lorrie Gallant on February 24, 2020

If you have ever travelled to Brantford Ontario Canada, you might have been excited to visit the home of Alexander Graham Bell to learn about the invention of the telephone.  You might have come for a hockey tournament and had the privilege of meeting Hockey Legend Wayne Gretzky’s father Walter, who loves hanging out at the rinks. You may have picked up brochures with beautiful pictures of the Grand River or did research about Joseph Brant, who was the negotiator between the Mohawk and British during the American Revolution. But you might not know that Brantford is the home of the first residential school in Canada; that the building still stands with the names of children carved into the bricks and that it is one of the few residential school buildings still standing in Canada.

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Topics: Art, Survivor Testimony, Residential Schools, Indigenous History, Culturally Responsive and Relevant Pedagogy, Indigenous, Lesson Ideas, Facing Canada, Creative, Woodland Cultural Centre

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