Truth and Reconciliation, What is it about?

Truth and Reconciliation, What is it about? is a discussion booklet for students, by students, which includes a selection of statements, stories and drawings received from Canadian students in grades 5 to 12. The conception, development and production of this booklet represent the collaborative work of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

We thank every student and teacher who participated in this important discussion and hope that this booklet will be a valuable resource for teachers in their work. It is a wonderful opportunity to come together to keep our promises to residential school survivors: the promise to educate all Canadians about what really happened and about the strength and resilience of First Nations, Metis and Inuit people, and the promise to move forward in a good way for reconciliation in Canada.

    The only building that I knew up to that time, that moment in my life, was the one-storey house that we had. And when I got to the residential school, I seen this big monster of a building, and I've never seen any buildings that, that large, that high. And I was, I've always called it a monster, I still do today, because of not the size of it, but because of the things that happened there.” – Residential school survivor

Help youth better understand reconciliation in Canada. Challenge your students to take on a reconciliation project and access a $300 subsidy to offset awareness building project expenses. Teachers must be logged in to Imagineaction to access a subsidy.

View some sample projects that have taken root in schools:

  • Reconciliation Mural
  • Aboriginal Craft Club
  • Project of Heart - Northern Studies Arts Initiative
  • Lesson plans have been developed to support the use of this discussion booklet in the classroom. Teachers can access the lesson plans on the CTF Imagineaction program, under the Teacher Resources tab. Teachers must be logged in to Imagineaction to access the resources.

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    To obtain printed copies at $3.00 each, please visit CTF Publications Catalogue.