Sharing histories, cultures and world viewsTop of page

In June 2016, Alberta Education, the Alberta Teachers’ Association, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and four other education stakeholder organizations in Alberta signed the Joint Commitment to Action to ensure that all students learn about the histories, cultures and world views of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. The Alberta Teachers’ Association has begun to fulfill its commitment by establishing the Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation Professional Learning Project.

Design and development Top of page

Walking Together is being led by six First Nations, Métis and Inuit education consultants from across Alberta, all of whom are experienced classroom teachers with strong knowledge and expertise in Indigenous education. The consultants will lead the way toward ensuring that teachers are ready to meet the foundational knowledge of First Nations, Métis and Inuit as outlined in Alberta Education’s new draft Teaching Quality Standards.

Engagement with communityTop of page

Walking Together will engage local Indigenous communities by establishing regional advisory committees that include representation from Elders and local knowledge keepers. This process will ensure that the professional development programs and resources developed include regionally specific content for teachers. In Spring 2017, newly developed workshops will be offered to school jurisdiction representatives to facilitate knowledge sharing throughout the province.

Workshops and ResourcesTop of page

Workshops

2017 Teachers' Convention Walking Together
Workshop schedule


Blanket Exercise

The Blanket Exercise is a participatory workshop in which educators will experience over 500 years of history by taking on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Standing on blankets that represent the land, they will walk through time and explore the impacts of colonization, treaty-making, and modern legislation.  The Blanket Exercise is concluded by a facilitated debriefing in which participants have the opportunity to discuss the experience as a group. By engaging participants on an emotional and intellectual level, this workshop is a powerful tool for increasing empathy and understanding.

Length: Half-day session.
Language of Instruction: English
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Education for Reconciliation: Understanding the Legacy of Residential Schools

Residential schools were agents of assimilation and cultural genocide for First Nations, Métis and Inuit children across Canada.

Today, Alberta schools are working towards reconciliation by cultivating positive and respectful relationships among both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous students.

This workshop will examine the history, impacts, and legacy of residential schools including the effects of intergenerational trauma associated with the very real in today’s society. Tools, resources and strategies that contribute to the development of mutually respectful relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians will be explored. Participants will leave honouring the TRC’s Calls to Action and make a professional and personal commitment to action.

Length: Half-day session.
Language of Instruction: English
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Additional ATA Workshops

 

Resources

Education Is Our Buffalo

Written by a team of aboriginal writers, this guide is intended to make teachers more aware of the history, culture, worldviews and present-day concerns of Alberta’s First Nations, Metis and Inuit people. (PD-80-7 2016 12, 80pp) - Download a Copy

Stepping Stones Series

Stepping Stones is a publication of the Alberta Teachers’ Association
Walking Together Project intended to support certificated teachers
on their learning journey to meet the First Nations, Métis and Inuit
Foundational Knowledge competency in the Teaching Quality Standard.

Please check back regularly as new additions to the series will be posted soon.

Terminology Reference
(PD-WT-16a 2017 02, 4pp) - Download a Copy

 

Contact us Top of page

For further information on the Walking Together: Education for Reconciliation Project, contact andrea.berg@ata.ab.ca

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Walking Together Education Consultants


From left to right: Etienna Moostoos-Lafferty (Treaty 6 and Treaty 8), Terry Lynn Cook (Métis and Treaty 8), Julia McDougall (Treaty 8), Crystal Clark (Treaty 6), Hali Heavy Shield (Treaty 7), and Cheryl Devin (Métis)