Click the play button to hear the English and Halq’emeylem pronunciation of the title of this tab

Big Idea:

Reconciliation means different things to different people. It is not the role of those who are well intentioned to determine what reconciliation is, rather it is our responsibility to fully understand, reconciliation lies within the individual who attended residential school- it is their journey.

Focus Questions:

  1. Illustrate your understanding of what reconciliation is?
  2. Demonstrate your understanding of what was lost by those who attended residential school?
  3. If harm is done to others within a system of education, like the residential school, what might happen to create a sense of understanding within our communities today?
  4. Is there a need to address the harms that happened in Residential Schools, even though those schools are in the past- explain?

Print Resources to use:

My Name is Sepeetza, by Shirley Sterling

No Time to Say Goodbye, Sylvia Olsen with Rita Morris and Ann Sam







Video Resources:

On April 1, 2017, a bus carrying Elders, Survivors, Aboriginal Leadership Students, Teachers, Administrators and community members went to UBC to witness the raising of James Hart’s “Reconciliation Pole”.  The following video documents that journey of Reconciliation.

Truth and Reconciliation. (2012). Justice Murray Sinclair. What is reconciliation?

  • On October 24, 2016, Mission District Staff participated in a Tour of St. Mary’s Indian Residential School to further understand the impacts of Canada’s Residential School system on our Indigenous population.
  • ON April 1, 2017, Mission Students, Elders and District Staff participated in the Reconciliation Pole Raising at UBC in Vancouver.

Digital Resources:

Click here to explore the following statement: “Reconciliation is not a goal to be achieved but a way of living together”

Click here to view “Project of Heart” resources

Lesson Plans and Resources for Orange Shirt Day : From The Manitoba Teachers’ Society. Includes lesson outlines and suggested resources for Grades K-3,  4-8 and 9-12.  Also includes additional resources. Many of the resources mentioned can be found in this SWSW Digital Library and in our SWSW Library’s physical collection. (Primary, Intermediate, Middle School, High School)