School program: First Peoples' Rights in a Changing Canada (Grades 7 - 12)

Program length: 90 minutes

People in a museum gallery explore tall wooden panels with wildlife and Métis beadwork. There are curved horizontal wooden slats to the right.

Photo: CMHR, Chronic Creative

School program details

Students participate and engage in a CMHR version of the KAIROS Blanket Exercise to experience the effects of colonization over time from an Indigenous perspective. The exercise is followed by a dialogue on opportunities for reconciliation. The stories of defenders and champions who brought positive changes in Indigenous communities are explored in this program.

Students will:

Learn that all people have human rights, and that Indigenous peoples have distinct perspectives on rights and responsibilities which are interrelated with the environment and are considered essential for maintaining a good life.

Experience a film on the importance of oral storytelling and transmitting traditional knowledge and values in the Circle Theatre in Indigenous Perspectives on Level 2.

Participate in a simulation/role play activity that explores the impact of colonization on Indigenous peoples in North America.

Discuss their reactions to what they have learned about Indigenous experiences and how we can work together towards making positive changes for the future in Rights Today on Level 5 and Canadian Journeys on Level 2.