Federal Government Invests in Building a Better Future through Facing History

Posted by Gillian Aitken on March 5, 2018

 We are pleased to announce Facing History and Ourselves’ ambitious expansion plans to affect large-scale social change. Over the next three years, we plan to double the number of educators we engage with across Canada and strengthen our innovative work with middle and high school students to create a more informed and engaged citizenry.

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Topics: Department of Canadian Heritage, Inter-Action: Multiculturalism Funding Program, French Resources, Facing History and Ourselves, Facing History Resources, facing history pedagogy

Introducing Indian Horse with the Tracks of My Life Project

Posted by Luke Bramer on February 27, 2018

Students love music so, when I tell my grade 11 College English classes that they are going to be creating CDs as their first project, students get excited. Inspired by Facing History’s approach to teaching about genocide, I started the “Tracks Of My Life Project” to engage students in exploring the concept of identity that is foundational to our first novel, Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese.

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Topics: Residential Schools, trc, Truth and Reconciliation, Indigenous History, English Classroom, Music, Identity, stolen lives

Joseph Boyden - a teachable moment in identity

Posted by Leah Mauer on February 22, 2018

In my grade 10 Canadian history class, I often used excerpts from Joseph Boyden’s Three Day Road to explore what life was like for soldiers during WWI. In this novel, protagonist Xavier Bird returns to Northern Ontario in 1919 after fighting in France and Belgium. He is met by his aunt Niska, an Oji-Cree woman, and the two travel back to their village. On this journey, the two recount traumatic experiences from their past - Xavier as a soldier returning from the front and Niska as a survivor of residential schools.

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Topics: trc, Indigenous History, Indigenous, stolen lives, settler educators, difficult conversations, CHC, Grade 10 History, Book, English, big paper, English Classroom, Truth and Reconciliation, Canadian History, Canada

What happens when we empower students to explore their history this black history month

Posted by Alysha Groff on February 12, 2018

What happens when we support and empower students to bring history and identity into our school community? Meet Nyjah, a Toronto-area student who wanted to see more black history and contributions reflected in her high school, and decided to do something about it. The following interview was contributed by Nyjah about her experiences.

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Topics: Freedom Riders, black history, little rock 9, race, Race and Membership in American History: Eugenics

Grappling with Stories of Violence from Canada's Indian Residential Schools: Educator Workshop and Film Screening

Posted by Jasmine Wong on February 5, 2018

 Join us on Sunday February 25th for an educator workshop and special film screening with Director Susan G Enberg and Louis Knapaysweet, an elder and survivor of St. Anne's Residential School.

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Topics: Residential Schools, settler educators, facing history pedagogy, workshop, Survivor Testimony, Film, stolen lives, trc, difficult conversations, CHC

Understanding What Genocide Means

Posted by Stephanie Corazza and Jasmine Wong on January 29, 2018

A collaboration between Facing History and Ourselves and the Azrieli Foundation's Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program, first posted on Azrieli Memoirs' Blog page.

Words referencing mass atrocities of the past, such as fascist, racist, Nazi, genocide and Holocaust, carry deep historical meaning, yet these words are often misused in reference to contemporary events. Using these words too casually not only diminishes the meaning of the words themselves, but also diminishes the events that the words represent.   In this blog post, we look to remember the meaning of the term genocide and the conditions that drove a lawyer named Raphael Lemkin to coin this term to describe a horrific crime — a crime that prior to 1944 lacked a name and legal repercussions.

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Topics: Azrieli Foundation Memoirs, Grade 10 History, Holocaust and Human Behaviour, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanities Course, genocide, Survivor Testimony

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Posted by Alysha Groff on January 16, 2018

 

On January 27 - the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau - the United Nations General Assembly and its member states commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day.   On this day, (indeed every day) we remember the victims of the Holocaust and remind ourselves of the importance of teaching and learning about the Holocaust for the prevention of future genocides.   Here are few blog posts that highlight a variety of approaches to teaching this important history.  We hope these will inspire and assist you as you prepare for this day of remembrance and learning.

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Topics: Anne Frank, Grade 10 History, Holocaust and Human Behaviour, Holocaust Education, Holocaust, international holocaust remembrance day, Middle School, HSB, CHC, Inquiry

An Award Winning Initiative for Engaging Students and Communities in Learning History

Posted by Gillian Aitken on January 2, 2018

 

We work with so many amazing educators who give their students exceptional learning experiences. For this blog, we sat down with history teacher and 2017 Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching History Award winner Rob Flosman to find out what he has learned about engaging students and communities in learning history through building a classroom museum, the Waterdown Museum of History.

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Topics: CHG, Canadian History, Culturally Responsive and Relevant Pedagogy, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanities Course, Holocaust Education, Innovative Classrooms, Museum Studies, Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grants, classroom lesson

6 Books We're Reading This Winter Holiday

Posted by Facing History and Ourselves Canada office staff on December 19, 2017

As the holiday approaches, each of our Canada office staff are eager to find a comfortable spot on a couch, fill up a mug of hot tea or coffee and pick up a book.  Here's what we're reading this winter holiday!

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Topics: Literature

Including Indigenous Voices in K-12 Classrooms

Posted by Desmond Wong on November 28, 2017

 A sampling of Indigenous authored resources for K-12 classrooms from the OISE library.  [Photo courtesy of Desmond Wong.]

In a talk titled, What is Reconciliation, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Senator Justice Murray Sinclair, reflects:

“It took us a long time to get to this point, in terms of the relationship between Aboriginal people and this country.  Seven generations of children went through the residential schools. And each of those children who were educated were told that their lives were not as good as the lives of non-Aboriginal people of this country.  They were told that their languages and culture were irrelevant...at the same time that was going on, non-Aboriginal children...were also being told the same thing...  So as a result, many generations of children...have been raised to think about things...in a way that is negative when it comes to Aboriginal people.  We need to change that.” 

Including Indigenous voices, worldviews and resources into classrooms throughout Canada is an essential part of that change.  In doing so, it is equally essential to bring a breadth of  resources into classrooms  so students encounter a diversity and depth of  lived experiences.  The following post, written by Ontario Institute of Studies in Education librarian, Desmond Wong, helps us to do that.

 

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Topics: Books, Best of..., Canada, Indigenous

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