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Foundational Knowledge – Residential Schools and Their Legacy

Facilitator(s): Charlene Bearhead
Date:May 17, 2017
Time:9:00 am – 3:30 pm
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (ERLC Office at Elmwood School)
Room 17/18, 16325 - 83 Avenue
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Course code: 17-CP-333

Target Audience

CASS Members and District Leaders

About this learning opportunity

The College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS), in collaboration with Charlene Bearhead, the former National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) education lead, will facilitate a full day education session on the history and legacy of residential schools and strategies for moving forward  the work of reconciliation education. The session will include the history of residential schools in Canada / Alberta as well as the history of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement leading to the Alberta Joint Commitment to Action. There will be a focus on resources and learning opportunities for system and school leaders as well as those for use in schools and classrooms.

This session will lead to the identification of next steps for foundational knowledge as part of learning to lead the implementation of the three professional standards in school districts.

About the facilitator(s)

Charlene Bearhead is a mother, grandmother, community member, experienced educator and education innovator with 30 years of regional, national and international experience in the field.  Most recently Charlene served as the first Education Lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba and is currently working with the Alberta Joint Commitment to Action: Education for Reconciliation.  She currently serves as the co-chair of the Downie-Wenjack Fund Board of Directors and is a member of the Pathways to Education Canada Indigenous Education Advisory Circle.

Charlene previously served as the National Coordinator for Project of Heart, the primary focus of which is the education of Canadians on the history and legacy of Indian Residential Schools in Canada, and for the National Day of Healing and Reconciliation, the primary goal of which as to educate Canadians on the legacy of federal government policy on various ethnic groups throughout Canada’s history and to promote respect and reconciliation.  Ms. Bearhead coordinated the Education Days within the TRC National Events for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which focused on inspiring teachers and students to further educate themselves around the history and legacy of Indian Residential Schools as well as to support and facilitate the building of positive and respectful relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Canada.