Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 0 to 18
In this book, author Pamela Rose Toulouse provides current information, personal insights, authentic resources, interactive strategies and lesson plans that support Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners in the classroom. This book is for all teachers that are looking for ways to respectfully infuse residential school history, treaty education, Indigenous contributions, First Nation/Métis/Inuit perspectives and sacred circle teachings into their subjects and courses. The author presents a culturally relevant and holistic approach that facilitates relationship building and promotes ways to engage in reconciliation activities.
About the author
Pamela Rose Toulouse, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Faculty of Education (Concurrent English Language) at Laurentian University. Her areas of specialty are inclusive education, classroom management, lesson planning, learning cycles, assessment/evaluation, technology, differentiated instruction, Indigenous Education and social justice collaborations. She is a National 3M Teaching Excellence Award Fellow and is known for her dynamic, engaging and impactful approach to presenting.
Dr. Pamela Rose Toulouse is originally from the community of Sagamok First Nation. She is a proud Anishinaabe woman that comes from a long line of educators. Dr. Toulouse celebrates many years of activity (over 27 years) in the formal educational setting, beginning as an elementary school teacher and then finding herself in the role of colleague within the university system. She is well known for her contributions in Indigenous Education. Dr. Toulouse has published well over 55 resources which include books, chapters in books, curriculum pieces, articles, videos, and other key selections.
Dr. Pamela Rose Toulouse has a strong commitment to equity/diversity and passion for education. She chairs various committees, works with a variety of school boards, presents regularly and is active in her areas of research. Dr. Toulouse continues her life journey in the field of education by representing her Nation and profession in a respectful and meaningful way.
Every educator in Canada needs to know what is in this book. In our national and global call to truth and reconciliation action, Toulouse has written an essential resource to teaching and learning about Indigenous history, knowledge, culture, and contributions. Her text moves “beyond acknowledgements and apologies” to restorative education about, and with, Indigenous peoples. In well-organized, clear language, Toulouse maps, scaffolds, and guides important First Nations concepts and methods for meaningful teaching and learning.
Education Canada Magazine
Highly recommended for the professional teaching resource collections of school libraries and school board resource libraries, and as a teaching resource for teachers of all subject areas, from K-12. Purchase more than one copy for your school library and find ways to promote it to teachers in your school.
As part of my professional training, I participated with my whole school staff in the "Blanket Exercise" (grade 7 lesson) facilitated by the board consultant for Indigenous Studies. As we gained knowledge of the diminishing land rights of Indigenous peoples, teachers were visibly moved by the scope of colonization that has taken place.
[The author's] background and teaching experience provide the insight, knowledge and expertise to make this a valuable text for both the novice and experienced teacher.
Canadian Teacher Magazine
Highly recommended for teachers beginning their journey to provide education for reconciliation. The curricular connections throughout–not limited to English and social studies–are valuable, highlighting the many ways Indigenous worldviews can be seamlessly integrated into teaching and learning. Dr. Toulouse’s must-read Truth and Reconciliation in Canadian Schools equips teachers with the knowledge and tools to begin or to fine-tune their teaching about Indigenous peoples, residential schools, and contemporary issues.
Reading Council of Greater Winnipeg
Well-organized, written in an accessible language and connected to the curriculum...a must-read for all teachers.