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Residential School - Primary

Residential School Book Lists

- compiled locally - SD71

CBC Book lists  -  10 Books to Read with your K​ids and A Reconciliation Reading List for Young Readers​ and A reading list for older and adult readers​

A trailer for the book Shi Shi Etko by Nicola Campbell - an excellent book to help understand the connection to land and a good way to start a conversation about Residential Schools:

Residential School Teachings in Primary​ Grades Examples:

Pictures and art created by students in Colleen Devlin's Aboriginal K/1 Program in SD 71; Art and lesson idea inspired by George Littlechild.

Art and Lesson Idea inspired by  George Littlechild and a scene from the book Amik Loves School by Katherena Vermitte.  The children were asked to imagine what it might have been like to go to the big school on the hill without their family and friends and come up with a one word description.  Once the paintings were finished the children chose a black and white photo of a residential school child and their special word and created the  collage effect.

Another project idea from the primary students of Colleen Devlin's classroom:

Through a project on the First Nations Caring Society website "Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams" young primary students can show a deeper understanding of Orange Shirt Day.  We decorate the paper hearts to honour those survivors of IRS and in memory of those who didn't survive. A gentle way to introduce residential school to even our youngest students.

Project of Heart Video: Honouring Residential Schools.  A film by Ed Carswell

Project Heart is the story of an extraordinary school event in Courtenay, B.C. Teacher Susan Leslie leads a school-wide project and ceremony to honour Indian residential school survivors. Leslie organizes storytelling circles, art and inquiry projects, and encourages students to create ceremonial blankets. Verna Flanders shares her experiences as a survivor of St. Michael’s Residential School in Alert Bay, B.C. Project Heart culminates with a school-wide Blanketing Ceremony to honour Verna and four other survivors (Stan Frank, Valerie Frank, Melvin Price, and Dean Littlelight).

This film was inspired in part by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation events. “Reconciliation is an opportunity for all Canadians to renew relationships, based on a shared understanding of our histories and our cultures and walk a path together for a shared tomorrow.”​

First Nations Caring Society (English and French) website:​ 

Wondering how to get started or what you can do about  Reconciliation?  Check out this website for information and many projects you can be part of.