Connected Classrooms

CONNECTED CLASSROOMS

In this new initiative, students view and respond to films from some of the most significant Indigenous filmmakers in Canada, and engage in an in-depth study of issues relevant to Indigenous Peoples in Canada, a mandate consistent with the Calls to Action underlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

This programme is designed as a unit of study and includes materials that can be integrated into existing curriculum plans or used as an independent unit of 2 – 3 weeks duration, which will begin in February 2019. It also includes an online platform that offers participants the ability to form a community of study with other classes and schools, enabling a broader sharing of ideas.

 

Connected Classrooms includes:

  • Curated collection of short and/or feature films created by Indigenous filmmakers
  • Resources and activities based on the films, including pre-viewing, viewing and reflection activities and handouts and resources.
  • Orientation sessions for teachers
  • Optional use of an online platform personalized for your class
  • Optional online image gallery and discussion board for students
  • Video clips from Indigenous Canadian filmmakers and artists
  • Regular updates and support from our team
  • All materials are suitable for secondary students, fit into a wide range of subject areas and are consistent with Ministry of Education standards
  • Materials can be integrated into an existing unit or used as an independent unit of 2 – 3 week duration, beginning in February 2019.

 

If a school board engages multiple schools in the programme, with inter-class collaboration online, REEL CANADA may be able to provide additional resources, such as an opportunity to interact directly with a filmmaker.

The programme promotes critical thinking and creativity through activities, discussions and collaborative learning to encourage questions of identity, geography, citizenship and history. Students will reflect on the shared histories of the lands on which they live, including the ways colonial policies have undermined the self-determination and cultural sovereignty of Indigenous nations. We hope that through confronting these uncomfortable truths, students are able to envision futures in which Indigenous and settler Canadians work to forge new relationships from a place of trust and mutual respect. If you’re interested in signing up for Connected Classrooms, email Anita Townsend at anita@reelcanada.ca.

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