In 2016, John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights (JHC) engaged in a collaborative pilot project with five schools in Edmonton Catholic and Edmonton Public Schools called Advancing Reconciliation in Education. We have created a meaningful process whereby students explore reconciliation from a rights-based lens. The pilot program consisted of nine learning sessions and three student-led Call to Action sessions. We invited elders and community members to share their knowledge on a variety of important topics such as Indigenous language, worldview and treaty. Our goal in Advancing Reconciliation is to create safe spaces for Indigenous students and their peers to discuss, recommend, and develop student-led initiatives that promote reconciliation in their schools and communities. These are the participating schools’ Calls to Action, which use interactive arts-based learning approaches that focus on Indigenous voices and issues in Canada.
Thank you to our School Partners:
- Evansdale Elementary School Grade 5
- Rosslyn Junior High Grade 7
- St. Mark Junior High Grade 7-9
- Queen Elizabeth High School Grade 10-12
- Westmount Fresh Start, Braided Journeys Program