Lesson 3: Reclaiming the Ability to Heal
Today the focus is on Aboriginal communities reclaiming the ability to heal themselves from the wrongdoings and negative experiences of the residential school era. Many communities have developed government sponsored programs to address these issues. Another facet of the healing process is that many individuals want acknowledgement for the experiences they endured. Organizations and the legal system are working with people to develop such claims.
Students will follow up on their projects by researching what community health initiatives have been put in place to help individuals who attended residential schools heal. Students should look at the role of the churches and how they are addressing the claims of abuse and neglect that took place at a large number of residential schools.
Before heading off to begin researching as students to keep the following in mind (you may choose to have a class discussion as well):
Students may want to look at the following websites:
Based on what students have learned throughout the course of the three
lesson plans they should adopt a role play format in which they are a
government official responsible for developing a healing and wellness
initiative to benefit residential school survivors. Students may work in
partners to create a visual aid to promote their program as well as a
written component that briefly describes why the initiative is being
created, what the goal of the initiative is, what the benefits are, etc.
Students will be required to do a presentation to share their health and
wellness initiative with their fellow classmates. Students will then vote on
one program that they think should receive government funding.