Pre-Congress Session SELU Rural Congress 2017

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Strengthening the Circle for Reconciliation: Responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action

Sunday afternoon, March 26, 2017 approximately eighty-five participants from across western Canada and the Territories, met to think about and talk about the connection between education, citizenship, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

Harry Lafond, Executive Director and Rhett Sangster, Director, of the Office of the Treaty Commissioner joined Judge David M. Arnot, Chief Commissioner of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, as panel members who outlined the historical context and the need for reconciliation. Participants were able to think collectively and individually about what reconciliation means personally and in their work areas and also consider how they might provide opportunities for staff and students to more fully understand the legacy left by residential schools.

The Concentus Citizenship Education Foundation showed how the citizenship education resources could be used to give students much needed information about the legacy of residential schools and to facilitate courageous conversations in respective communities. Classroom inquiries from K-Grade 12 are available for use in schools through the Concentus Citizenship Education Foundation website www.concentus.ca.

The Office of the Treaty Commission showcased a variety of reconciliation events happening around the province and highlighted classroom resources from the Treaty Kits that support classroom instruction. Further information can be obtained at the Office of the Treaty Commission website www.otc.ca.

Teachers, administrators, students, and citizens are encouraged to take up the challenge to find creative ways to inspire action on reconciliation and strengthen Treaty Relationships for the benefit of all Canadians.