Social Studies: Grade 10. Residential Schools

Social Studies: Grade 10. Residential Schools

Residential Schools were first introduced to the Canadian West in 1883, and the last Residential School closed its doors in 1996. The ubiquitous phrase, “killing the Indian in the child” has been used to describe the Canadian government’s goal in creating the...
Facing Canada’s Past: The filming of Blood Tears

Facing Canada’s Past: The filming of Blood Tears

Our crew led by Cree Director Alex Lazarowich drove into Cold Lake to film with the famed Indigenous artist Alex Janvier. It had taken months to schedule time with this celebrity. Even then he was a very private person and asked us not to film his home. We had just a...
Social Studies: Grade 4. Treaty 7 Signing

Social Studies: Grade 4. Treaty 7 Signing

The Canadian Government had goals to settle and rule the vast area of the North-West which is now known as Western and Northern Canada. In 1874, nearly 300 recruits of the North West Mounted Police left fort Dufferin, Manitoba westward towards Southern Alberta, which...
We Are All Treaty People. Or Are We?

We Are All Treaty People. Or Are We?

Often I am asked, what inspired me as a newcomer to learn more about Treaty 7? What inspired the roadtrip that became Elder in the Making? As it turns out, it all began with an acknowledgement. Just a few years ago I started hearing an acknowledgement about being on...