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Climbing the Mountain: Towards Reconciliation in Canada

Educator Training

4-Hour Version


Participants will gain knowledge about the current situation of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and uncover best practices when incorporating Indigenous Peoples and content in schools and educational settings. They will also understand the impacts of colonization, specifically through the lens of policies such as the residential school system, the Indian Act, discriminatory laws and policies and the banning of culture, language and ceremonies that have contributed to the marginalization of Indigenous Peoples.

Why is it important?

Climbing the Mountain workshops address The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) Calls to Action #62 & #63 which asks educational institutes to commit to sharing information and best practices when incorporating Indigenous Peoples and content in schools and educational settings.

It supports educators teaching Indigenous youth and contributes to the success of K-12 academic success and Indigenous student graduation rates.

Climbing the Mountain workshops provide a safe place to discuss Indigenous education in Canada and how to move towards reconciliation.

What is included in the workshop?

  • Guidebook
  • 340 educational ideas and activities
  • Methods on how to operate sharing circles and assess student and teacher performance
  • Quizzes, tests, independent worksheets and activities, cooperative learning activities and experiential learning

What are the Expected Outcomes?

  • Climbing the Mountain: Reconciliation in Canada will empower individual and community educational awareness and competency regarding traditional Indigenous cultures, worldviews, spiritualities, and histories.
  • Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how they can address ongoing disparities within the realm of education and how they can build trusting relationships with Indigenous People.
  • Encourage meaningful and purposeful dialogue and decisions regarding Truth and Reconciliation in schools and educational spaces.

Contact Us

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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.