The FNESC/FNSA Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation Teacher Resource Guides were developed in response to the call by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada for education bodies to develop age-appropriate educational materials about Indian Residential Schools.

The FNESC/FNSA Indian Residential Schools & Reconciliation Gr. 5 Teacher Resource Guide (2015) is designed to help grade 5 students attain an understanding of the history of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people over Canada’s history and engage young people to take part in the journey of reconciliation. Although it focuses on grade 5, the guide can be applied to older grade levels and can be used in conjunction with the FNESC/FNSA Indian Residential Schools & Reconciliation Teacher Resource for Gr. 10.

The primary learning resources are published literature, enabling a cross-curricular approach employing both Language Arts and Social Studies learning standards. While the instructional activities are presented in a structured format that is an example of how they may be incorporated, they are intended to be flexible in their use. They allow for the application of both a First Peoples Pedagogy and the BC Social Studies Curriculum.

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Adaptation Ideas

See FNESC/FNSA Teacher Resource Guides, Units, Lessons, and Activities for Blended or Remote Learning Contexts (Dec. 2020) for adaptation ideas relating to this publication. This guide is designed to identify the units, lessons and/or activities within FNESC/FNSA teacher resource guides that can be most readily adapted for remote or blended learning situations.


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