Residential School and Intergenerational Trauma Informed Teaching

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Dec 12

Residential School and Intergenerational Trauma Informed Teaching

This participative, community based professional development experience seeks to promote mindfulness of cultural safety when it comes to teaching Indigenous context.  Indigenous students carry a legacy of trauma due to the intergenerational effects of the Residential School era and the historical oppression of Indigenous perspectives in mainstream education.  With new initiatives and commitments to reconciliation prompted by the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions- 94 calls to action, professors need to be mindful of the realities of intergenerational trauma and proactively address issues mitigating potential risks for harm to Indigenous and Non-Indigenous students. 

  •   Trauma informed teaching is teaching that recognizes the importance of transmitting sensitive and traumatic information while consciously seeking to decrease the re-traumatization of students who may share connections to these traumatic histories.
  • The trip will take place at the Woodland Cultural Centre, adjacent to the former residential school.  Participants will experience a virtual tour of the Mohawk Institute or “Mush Hole” as the school is currently under renovations in order to restore it as part of the “Save the Evidence” campaign.  This virtual tour will be followed by the opportunity for participants to have a conversation with a residential school survivor.  We will also have the opportunity to debrief and reflect upon some of the intergenerational effects of the residential school system. 
  • Culturally safe teaching practices will be introduced in consideration of Indigenous student experiences as the college seeks to include more Indigenous perspectives into curriculum. 

Participation will be limited to 25 people.

Date: December 12, 2018

Time: 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Participants are welcome to come early for a self-guided tour of the museum at the additional cost of $10/person.

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