The Truth and Reconciliation Report with its 94 Calls to Action describes a Canada with more inclusive attention being paid to the Indigenous peoples and our reconciliation as a nation. The Canadian Federation of University Women, with its long history of concern for marginalized women and girls and the power of education, made a national decision in 2020 to support the Truth and Reconciliation Calls To Action.
The Resolution reads, in part, ‘...to continue to work toward implementing and monitoring the implementation of the ninety-four actions recommended and to do so urgently with reasonable but ambitious timelines…‘.
CFUW | Stratford, Ontario response is the development of increased learning opportunities for all ages. The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, points to education as the key to reconciliation, stating,
“Education got us into this mess and education will get us out of it.”
To deepen learning about Indigenous history and culture, CFUW Stratford is pleased to donate a Resilience Art Project Kit to the Stratford Perth Museum. Resilience aligns well with the TRC Calls to Action that correlate with education (Calls # 6-12, 62), language and culture (Calls #13-17). The boxed kit and teaching guide contain artworks by 50 First Nations, Inuit and Metis women artists and is full of ideas to animate discussions about the power of stories, environmental concerns, Indigenous-Settler relations and inspire engaging hands-on art-related activities.
You may see the kit at MAWA website: https://mawa.ca/shop/view/resilience-50-indigenous-art-cards-and-teaching-guide
Interested educators who would like to use the Resilience Kit in furthering Indigenous Studies in their classrooms should contact : firstname.lastname@example.org