Elementary school students rewriting the TRC's calls to action... as poetry
Students at École Laura Secord School in Winnipeg are learning all about the history of residential schools and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 calls to action.
About a month ago the students from Grades 4 to 6 visited the Canadian Museum for Human Rights to learn about the history of residential schools.
"It's going well but it's hard 'cause it has a lot of legal language in there so it was really working though carefully helping them figure out what the big idea is and get that down to a sentence or two," said Stefanie Jones, one of the teachers involved in this project.
Some of the students became very emotional through this project, Jones explained, and are having a hard time learning about the history. But their understanding is reaffirming that they need to keep going and learning.
"The kids really have an understanding and we're often blown away by their understanding," she said.
Working from a call to action about language and culture, Julian, one of the students, said his poem is about fundamental rights.
"I thought it was the biggest thing that stood out because they are the First Nations, the first people to ever walk on Canada. So they are really valued and they're fundamental and it's Canadian culture and society and they live in it," he said.