Voices From Here

T he nine-part Voices from Here video series shares stories from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis participants related to colonial policies, territories and treaties, languages, and Indigenous knowledge. The stories in this series are part of a larger history that is often overlooked in curricula and classroom settings. Voices from Here is an oral history project that shares the stories and experiences of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Using oral histories and memories as educational resources can help build understanding and challenge traditional historical narratives. This guide is designed to move your class from comprehension to interpretation of oral histories; to encourage students to consider how colonialism affected Indigenous Peoples; and to explore how some learned to navigate their experiences. This guide is a teacher resource containing several classroom activities that explore the stories shared in the Voices from Here series. To use this series and guide, you will need to conduct research and lead discussions about oral histories, colonial policies, and Indigenous resistance, resilience, and resurgence in Canada. The lesson plans are designed to help students work with oral histories and understand these histories from the perspectives of those who lived them. Each piece stands alone, but we encourage students to look for connections and make comparisons. The Voices from Here video series is a project of Historica Canada, which offers programs that you can use to explore, learn, and reflect on our history, and what it means to be Canadian. Learn more at historicacanada.ca . INTRODUCTION ABOUT THE COVER: Clockwise, from top: Lori Campbell, Andre Carrier, Jessie Kangok and Janet Evic, Madeleine Basile, Richard Hill, Adam North Peigan, Russell Myers Ross, Jacey Firth-Hagen, and Wes FineDay. Portraits by Natasha Donovan; stills from Voices from Here video series (Historica Canada). The Voices from Here video series and education guide were developed in collaboration and consultation with Brian Maracle, Niigaanwewidam Sinclair, Max FineDay, Quebec Native Women Inc., David Perley, Ruth Kaviok, Seraphine Munroe, Wes FineDay, Leon Thompson, Jacey Firth-Hagen, Adam North Peigan, Richard Hill, Andre Carrier, Madeleine Basile, Jessie Kangok, Janet Evic, Lori Campbell, Russell Myers Ross, Jonathan Elliott, Kaayla Whachell, Crystal Gail Fraser, Tricia Logan, Lindsay Gibson, and Holly Richard. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS CONTENT WARNING: Before watching a video with your class or assigning a video from the series, please review the content. Several of those interviewed survived residential schools and the child welfare system, and include descriptions of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Topics in this series may elicit an emotional response. Should concerns arise, inform an administrator or counsellor, and ensure that students know where to seek help and support. 2