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Truth and Reconciliation in Canadian Schools

By Pamela Rose Toulouse
Imprint: Portage & Main Press

Categories: Education, Professional Development, Multicultural Education, Arts & Humanities, Social Science, Indigenous Studies
Paperback : 9781553797456, 147 pages, January 2018
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553797463, 147 pages, March 2018
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553797678, 147 pages, March 2018


In this book, author Pamela Rose Toulouse provides current information, personal insights, authentic resources, interactive strategies and lesson plans that support Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners in the classroom. This book is for all teachers that are looking for ways to respectfully infuse residential school history, treaty education, Indigenous contributions, First Nations/Métis/Inuit perspectives and sacred circle teachings into their subjects and courses. The author presents a culturally relevant and holistic approach that facilitates relationship building and promotes ways to engage in reconciliation activities.


Every educator in Canada needs to know what is in this book. In our national and global call to truth and reconciliation action, Toulouse has written an essential resource to teaching and learning about Indigenous history, knowledge, culture, and contributions. Her text moves “beyond acknowledgements and apologies” to restorative education about, and with, Indigenous peoples. In well-organized, clear language, Toulouse maps, scaffolds, and guides important First Nations concepts and methods for meaningful teaching and learning.

Leah Fowler, Education Canada Magazine

As part of my professional training, I participated with my whole school staff in the "Blanket Exercise" (grade 7 lesson) facilitated by the board consultant for Indigenous Studies. As we gained knowledge of the diminishing land rights of Indigenous peoples, teachers were visibly moved by the scope of colonization that has taken place.
[The author's] background and teaching experience provide the insight, knowledge and expertise to make this a valuable text for both the novice and experienced teacher.

Kent Miller, Canadian Teacher Magazine

Well-organized, written in an accessible language and connected to the curriculum. ..a must-read for all teachers.

Rabia Khokhar, ETFO Voice

Highly recommended for the professional teaching resource collections of school libraries and school board resource libraries, and as a teaching resource for teachers of all subject areas, from K-12. Purchase more than one copy for your school library and find ways to promote it to teachers in your school.

Highly Recommended.

Joanne Peters, CM Magazine

Highly recommended for teachers beginning their journey to provide education for reconciliation. The curricular connections throughout–not limited to English and social studies–are valuable, highlighting the many ways Indigenous worldviews can be seamlessly integrated into teaching and learning. Dr. Toulouse’s must-read Truth and Reconciliation in Canadian Schools equips teachers with the knowledge and tools to begin or to fine-tune their teaching about Indigenous peoples, residential schools, and contemporary issues.

Jon Sorokowski, Reading Council of Greater Winnipeg