School program: Rights and Indigenous Peoples in Canada (Grades 9 to 12)

Program length: 120 minutes

Painting representing Indigenous culture. In the centre of the frame a person sits cross-legged on the ground with a small child in their arms. A drum sits on the ground in front of them. Partially obscured.

School program details

This tour will provide students with tools to take individual actions towards reconciliation, inspired by the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Students will:

Learn about the connection between today’s societal issues and historic violations of Indigenous rights. They will understand the power of breaking down stereotypes and using respectful language.

Experience a 360‐degree film in a circular “basket” theatre, a four‐storey clay artwork, stories of survival and many other exhibits in our core galleries.

Participate in activities that challenge their thinking and world views while reflecting upon the resilience of Indigenous people when their rights are violated.

Discuss Indigenous perspectives on rights and various violations of Indigenous rights. Students will consider laws in place to protect rights in Canada and how we can take action towards truth and reconciliation.