NFB Publishes Reviews by Local Teacher for Four Films Depicting First Nations Struggles
In a series of reviews of National Film Board feature length films, Carol Arnold describes four compelling stories about the injustices and the fight for indigenous rights in Canada that have occurred during the last 20 years. Carol Arnold is of Métis-Cree ancestry and is a teacher of Social Studies, BC First Peoples and English at GISS.
In a summer during which the pandemic has intersected with the Black Lives Matter movement initiated by the tragic murder of George Floyd south of our border, we are reminded of injustices within our community and nation. We are challenged to act within our own spheres of influence in ongoing and meaningful ways to address injustice where we find it. Understanding the issues is an important place to start, and there is always more to learn!
With summer here, many will have that space to learn more about ourselves and our nation. I encourage you to check out Carol’s reviews found on Canada’s National Film Board blog where you can also watch the movies online.
Here is a short list of other resources designed to deepen our understanding of racism in our community and our world:
From the Gulf Islands School District 64 website:
- School District 64 Indigenous Enhancement Agreement signed this spring between the school district and the SD64 Indigenous Education Advisory Council.
- SD64 Indigenous Education Program
- BC Black History Awareness Society provides an extensive list of online information for BC, Canada and the World.
- Erase is all about building safe and caring school communities. This site is provided by the government of British Columbia to empower students, parents, educators and community partners.
- Mental Health resources are listed to address general wellbeing as well as trauma-informed supports for students, families and school staff.
- Indigenous Education in British Columbia highlights resources for schools in British Columbia.
- Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives in the Classroom was first used extensively by SD64 teachers during the new curriculum planning days. BC’s Queen’s Printer, 2015.
- Bamboo Shoots: Chinese Canadian Legacies in BC are classroom resources designed to support grades 5 and 9 curricula.
- Books to help build inclusive classrooms is an American resource from “the conscious kid” website that lists resources for Kindergarten to Grade 12 classrooms. Of particular interest for Canadian educators are the “helpful guidelines and questions to use when selecting inclusive and “identity-affirming content” found on page 3.
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