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Climbing the Mountain: Reconciliation Workshops for Educators

“Achieving reconciliation is like climbing a mountain — we must proceed a step at a time. It will not always be easy. There will be storms, there will be obstacles, but we cannot allow ourselves to be daunted by the task because our goal is just and it also necessary.” – Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Climbing the Mountain offers workshops that aim to create healthy educational spaces rooted in the principles of reconciliation. For educators, the workshop assists with training on teaching curriculum related to Indigenous history. This workshop will empower educators to engage the TRC’s 94 Calls to Action and practice reconciliation in their educational communities.

The Climbing the Mountain workshops will be offered at the National Gathering for Indigenous Education.

About the Author

These workshops have been developed by Dr. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair. Dr. Sinclair is Anishinaabe and an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is an award-winning writer, editor and activist who was named one of “Canada’s Top 20 Most Influential People” by Monocle Magazine and he won the 2018 Canadian columnist of the year at the National Newspaper Awards for his bi-weekly columns in The Winnipeg Free Press. In 2019 he won Peace Educator of the Year from the Peace and Justice Studies Association based at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.  He is also a former secondary school teacher who has trained educators and students across Canada.