Twice Upon A Time: Indigenous Materials Project - Year 2
Give the gift of learning and literacy. Support the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action #62, #63 and #93 by putting children's books by and about Canada's indigenous peoples - First Nations, Métis and Inuit, into the hands of Ottawa's youngsters ages 0 -12. These materials are urgently needed to support youngsters of all backgrounds in understanding the variety of experiences that tell the whole Canadian story.
- Call to Action #62 is supported by providing books to aid in family conversations about “residential schools, Treaties and Aboriginal peoples’ historical and contemporary contributions to Canada” which the TRC indicates should be a “mandatory education requirement”.
- Call to Action #63 calls for “intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect”. Our project resources help start that education process in the home.
- Call to Action #93 recommends revising the information given to newcomers to Canada and the citizenship test “to reflect a more inclusive history of the diverse Aboriginal peoples of Canada”. Our project makes resources by and about indigenous peoples in Canada more accessible to newcomers, both children and their parents/care-givers.
As of November 2017, we have purchased more than 100 books for the CAN150 collection and distributed them to our delighted young clients. But there is so much more to do.