Wapikoni: Teaching Guide for UNESCO Schools
23 May 2018
Wapikoni Mobile is proud to have been mandated by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) to write an Indigenous Teaching Guide for its schools.
Mélanie Brière, Wapikoni’s Workshop Coordinator, is currently working on this guide whose purpuse is to offer UNESCO high school teachers a collection of 12 to 15 shorts that can be watched in class in order to foster discussions with students regarding various Indigenous issues, cultures and languages. There are currently 23 UNESCO schools in Quebec for a total of 87 in Canada.
The purpose of this guide is to become a teeaching tool on current and past Indigenous issues and cultures through short films that were directed by Indigenous youth in their own communities throughout the country. We hope these shorts will pique non-Indigenous students’ curiosity about their Indigenous neighbours and will foster reconciliation.
This teaching guide on reconciliation was made possible by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) and will include:
– 12 to 15 short films directed by Indigenous youth from different communities across the country;
– learning content related by the issues raised in the films (historical/contemporary context, discussion material, further reading links, definitions, symbolism, etc);
– A comprehensive description of the film including basic information (title, duration, year, filmmaker’s name, community, nation, biography and the film’s synopsis);
– Discussion material and activities that can take place after the film;
– A description of Canada’s cultural regions including basic demographic information such as a map, names of nations/groups, traditional lifestyle, modern issues and lifestyle, language spoken, and culture. The regions are the Arctic, the Plains, the Plateau, the Subarctic, the Northwest Coast, the Eastern Woodlands..
This user-friendly and turnkey guide will help teachers learn about Indigenous cultures in order to help them teach this subject. It will be available in the fall of 2018.
About the UNESCO’s Associated Schools Network (ASPnet)
Created in 1953, the Associated Schools Network (ASPnet) has students and teachers in 10,000 schools in more than 180 countries. In Canada, the Associated Schools Network has 87 schools in eight provinces. Through pilot projects, teachers and students explore four study areas:
– Intercultural learning
– Education for global citizenship
– Education for sustainable development
– ASPnet and UNESCO priorities
Students reflect on global challenges such as peace, human rights, cultural diversity and sustainable development, and contribute to the development of their own communities. ASPnet’s Strategy 2014-2021 is aimed at coordinating the efforts of the associated schools.