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Teachers have a powerful role to play

Indigenous scholar motivates students to enact TRC Calls to Action

When exploring with students the dark and emotionally charged subject of residential schools, Indigenous scholar Jennifer Brant focuses on the powerful role teachers play in enacting the Truth and Reconciliation’s (TRC) Calls to Action.
“I want to do this in a way that we all feel engaged, and in a way that we all move forward toward achieving reconciliation together,” Brant says, adding that she encourages her students to consider aligning their work with the Calls to Action in their future roles as teachers.
“There’s a rippling effect with what happens in the classroom, and what happens outside of the classroom and in the community.”
To motivate her students, Brant summons the words of TRC chair, Murray Sinclair, “Education has gotten us into this mess, and education will get us out.”

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