The IRSSS’s Education Project was created with support and in conjunction with the community-based Vancouver Foundation. It is designed to help educators teach their students about Indian Residential Schools by developing accurate, balanced, and engaging lesson plans and resources to supplement Social Studies and other course curriculums.
- Create awareness among all people of the cultural & societal damage to First Nations people due to forced attendence at Residential Schools and the inter generational impacts still felt today by their families and communities.
- Explore how colonialism and its goal of assimilating aboriginal peoples into society is not just a Canadian phenomenon, but virtually world-wide.
- Discuss the roles and intentions of Churches & Governments in creating Residential Schools, good & bad, and the apathy of the general population in allowing these policies and institutions to exist for so long.
- Learn about the steps that governments and churches are taking to address the IRS legacy through apologies, inquiries, financial compensation to survivors, Public Education Initiatives, Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and more.
- Discover ’modern’ & traditional methods used by survivors in their personal, family, and community healing and challenge students to articulate what they as individuals can do to help foster forgiveness and reconciliation between people.
In honor of Chief Dan George
“Love is something you and I must have. We must have it because our spirit feeds upon it. We must have it because without it we become weak and faint. Without love, our self-esteem weakens. Without it, our courage fails. Without love, we can no longer look confidently at the world. We turn inward and begin to feed upon our own personalities, and little by little, we destroy ourselves. With it, we are creative. With it, we march tirelessly. With it, and with it alone, we are able to sacrifice for others – Chief Dan George”