Introduction to Reconciliation

Reconciliation means different things to different people, understanding the breadth of perspectives is an important first step in fostering more meaningful dialogue. Our introduction to Reconciliation will inform about the treaty rights and obligations that were agreed upon, the historic injustices that have affected Indigenous populations over the past century and a half, and some of the priority themes related to Reconciliation today.

In the sections below we have provided additional resources to support our live event and to further understanding of the path to meaningful Reconciliation. If you would like to continue discussing the themes for this unit, we invite you to join our Facebook group – A safe space where you can ask questions, share information and seek support. 

Live Event



Youth Challenge!

Youth challenges help youth participants use the knowledge they have gained through the live event to become ambassadors for reconciliation in their communities. By gaining a better understanding of Reconciliation, they can move towards reconciliACTION.

Project of Heart Tiles

Learners are asked to create virtual “tiles” (in MS Paint, Photoshop, or on paper and photographed) for the Project of Heart and to share them on Experiences Canada’s Reconciliation Conversations Facebook group.

In reaction to the Introduction activity and/or Experiences Canada’s Introduction webinar, learners should colour the tile to commemorate a child who died in residential school or to honour a survivor. Please have a look at Project of Heart’s website for inspiration.

A mosaic will be made with all submissions and shared afterwards.

Physical tiles can also be purchased from Project of Heart here:


This introductory Lesson will inform learners about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and explain Canada’s residential school system. Canada’s residential school system was created to weaken Indigenous cultures and assimilate them to a Euro-centric way-of-knowing. These schools existed for more than a century, but survivors’ experiences and abuses were hidden for most of Canada’s history




Continue the Conversation

Join us next week for the next installment in our Reconciliation Conversations series:

Tuesday June 2 – 1:00pm EST – Language and Culture:

This unit will explore the connection between language, culture and identity, and will highlight some of the people and organizations working to reintroduce language and culture to their own communities, and to use them to educate Canadians more broadly.

Register for the chance to travel to Winnipeg next summer and attend our week-long forum on Reconciliation. Open to youth 14-18 years. 

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