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Orange Shirt Day Resources

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Lesson Plans


Canadian Residential School Propaganda Video 1955 (2m 37s)

  • This video is a bit blurry, but it is an authentic propaganda video from almost 50 years ago. It would work well as a conversation starter.

Voices from Here / Voix D'Ici Videos by Historica Canada (10 - 20 mins. each)

  • Madeline Basile & Andre Carrier videos = residential school experiences in French (Eng. subs available)

National Film Board of Canada (3m to 1h23m videos)

  • A playlist of 5 videos all on the topic of residential schools.

David A. Robertson Read. Speak. Champion Video (1h) scroll down to the bottom

  • Listen to Indigenous author David A. Robertson speak to why we still need to learn about the residential schools and what healing takes. This is great as Pro-D for all staff, but pulling sections from the video to show students would also be powerful.  

Other Resources

Residential School Statistics

  • Chapter 1 of this document (pg. 13 - 33) contains various graphs on the death rates of Aboriginal children that attended residential schools. You can pull a couple of these to discuss in class. For math classes, these can potentially be incorporated into a mini-lesson working with number lines and bar graphs as part of numeracy skill.s

Richmond Students Teach Their Peers about Residential Schools for Orange Shirt Day

  • Article (2019) about how a senior Social Justice class planned a school-wide Orange Shirt Day campaign. Can inspire an assignment asking students how they might plan activities for our school.

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