Rethinking Canada 150
This Canada Day will mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation, and will be celebrated across the country with $500 million in federal government funding. But for many Aboriginal Canadians, this day is not one for celebration.
In recent years, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has challenged us to take a hard look at the mythology at the roots of the concept of Canada. Now Rethinking 150 is asking Canadians to reflect on our country’s historical relationship with First
Nations people. Now more than ever, teachers are invited to provide students with opportunities to critically examine how Canada came to be, how it was settled, and who paid the price for the subsequent prosperity of our country.
As well, teachers are invited to examine how to live up to Canadians’ shared belief that we are an inclusive and caring nation. This can lead us to a positive outcome when we think of the many collective actions we can take to truly acknowledge and support
the Indigenous people who made up the many nations that inhabited Turtle Island before European contact.
What can you do?
Here’s a partial list of classroom resources and workshops for teachers: