“The OISE Library continues to be committed to learning and developing deeper understandings of our obligations to Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island. The Library has compiled a list of 50 freely accessible resources regarding Truth and Reconciliation and Indigenous Education for educators across the province. These materials are largely created by Indigenous authors and creators, and include films, mobile phone applications, websites, curricula and lesson plans.” (1)
As reported by CBC (2), “The resource compilation is a response to the recent cancellation of Truth and Reconciliation curriculum writing sessions that were to build upon Ontario’s curriculum by infusing Indigenous knowledge and pedagogy across all subjects and grades.”
“I compiled these items so that teachers would have something that they could look to that are largely created by Indigenous educators, artists, and authors to bring those authentic world views into their classrooms,” said Desmond Wong, the outreach librarian at the OISE library at the U of T campus. “I think it’s a responsibility for all of us as settlers to learn about these things and to celebrate Indigenous people and Indigenous students for the gifts that they have and the knowledge that they carry,” he said.
The resources range from books to lesson plans as well as Indigenous language materials and TRC materials for educators.
(1) “Infusing Indigenous Perspectives in K-12 Teaching.” Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. Available at: https://guides.library.utoronto.ca/c.php?g=251299&p=5004969
(2) Johnson, Rhiannon. “Ontario librarian creates online guide for teachers to find available Indigenous course content.” July 18, 2018. CBC News. Available at: https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/oise-teachers-resource-indigenous-course-content-1.4752220