This course will explore the impacts of Residential Schools in Canada and how they shaped the current realities for many Indigenous communities and people (First Nations, Métis and Inuit); the role of Christian Churches in these schools; and the path(s) to relationship-building and “reconciliation”, as offered in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report. The goals of the course include: (1) introducing the ideology in developing residential schools and their relationship with colonization; (2) introducing the resources available that address the TRC; and (3) reflecting on strategies that encourage stable and trusting relationships with Indigenous communities. The course will examine the Calls to Action (CTA) (58-61), specifically focusing on CTA 59 and 60. This course will meet the requirement for the Designated Elective: Coloniality and Power. A variety of methods will be used to engage the course material: lectures, readings, film, guest lectures, and field tripsand/or participation in Indigenous community events (e.g. Indigenous Education Week at U of T). Evaluation will be implemented through a research paper on the TRC, class participation, online discussion boardsand/or journalsand an annotated bibliography.
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