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    Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation Workbook

    Connecting – Resilience – Indigenous Truth & Reconciliation ‘CRITR’ Workbooks

    CRITR provides dozens of lessons and 100s of questions covering important topics including: Indigenous Canadian History, Residential Schools, Indigenous Contributions past and present, Treaties and Indigenous Days of Recognition in Canada.


    Dear Teachers, 

    We crafted this resource with teachers in mind. We thoughtfully considered and directed our creative efforts to meet the expressed needs of all teachers.

    Our goal was to create a resource that addresses social emotional needs of students and incorporates Indigenous perspectives, cultures, arts, and knowledge.

    We believe teachers want something that is to the point and user-friendly, and also has a nice balance between teacher-led information sharing and individual and group student activities.

    The diversity of Indigenous Peoples makes it challenging to create a resource that is relevant to everyone everywhere.

    We worked to have a geographical balance as well as to include recommendations of variations to modify the materials based on location. This allows teachers in any location to work with the material and make it more applicable to where they live and teach.

    Our resource serves to support a teacher who may be overwhelmed yet wants to make meaningful progress and do something.


    How is the CRITR workbook organized?

    Each lesson follows this pattern:

    • An easy-to-read lesson that may be read in under 5 minutes
    • A vocabulary focus called Word Power that defines key words from the lesson
    • A set of questions easily answered from the reading
    • A Critical Thinking section is included to enhance learning

    Sprinkled throughout the CRITR Workbook are relevant individual and group activity recommendations.

    Additional resources are identified throughout the pages with links, including information about how to connect with the Indigenous authors and artists.

    Activities, colouring, and word search pages may be downloaded for free.
    An answer key is included at the end of the book.

    What will students learn from this resource?

    • Reconciliation is about change, justice, respect, and re-building the relationships between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples in Canada
    • Indigenous History of Canada
    • Empathy that comes from understanding and being educated
    • Knowledge about important and sensitive topics, including stories told by Indigenous authors about what occurred at residential schools. It is important to know these stories of assimilation
    • Capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect as prescribed specifically in CTA #63


    CRITR Hummingbird

    The hummingbird represents love and light

    It is also the most unique creature on this earth, because it is the only bird that can fly backwards. It is unique, just like this book.

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