Supplementary Lesson: Colonialism on Turtle Island
By: Doriane Ossene
Doriane’s background includes education in France and learning a lot about Canada through her studies at York University in International Studies and Canadian studies, which she will be graduating from in 2023. She is passionate about stories people don’t know about and loves making them known. Her dream is to work in a field that supports underrepresented communities, in Canada and around the world.
This activity aims to introduce students to the topic of colonialism as it appears in the series Residential Schools and the Destabilization of the Social Determinants of Health by Émilie Lebel. This activity can be used to introduce the larger series of activities, to conclude it, to complement it, or independently.
This lesson’s learning goals are for students to:
- Understand the concept of colonialism and apply it in a Canadian context,
- Reflect on Canada’s past and present in the context of colonization, and
- Apply acquired knowledge to engage in critical thinking.