Playing Toward the Work of Truth & Reconciliation with Social Studies Classes

This workshop introduces participants to drama activities that can be used in a humanities classroom to help build capacity for mutual respect, understanding across identities, and empathy seen as necessary to the larger project of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. As a teacher of secondary Humanities and Drama, I believe that drama-derived activities can have a useful part to play in helping our students

  • engage in group-building, focusing on hearing and accounting for one another, sharing intense (but safe) experiences, working toward shared goals
  • setting the tone for respectful class discussions;
  • practice critical debriefing and reflection skills, seeking difficult truths and coming to understand themselves and others better;
  • increase their sense of agency, helping them to see that they can create change;
  • ‘rehearse’ action for positive social change

Informed by the TRC’s Calls to Action (2105), this workshop will introduce teachers to conditions necessary for reconciliation work in the classroom. We will then engage in several sample drama activities and debrief, engaging in a lived practice of this work. We will also share our own experiences, challenges and reflections on teaching toward reconciliation. Each participant will be provided with my Booklet of Games: Playing Toward the Work of Truth & Reconciliation in Senior Humanities Classes.

Target Audience

Secondary Social Studies teachers working in their classrooms to support reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada


Friday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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  • Elliot Fox-Povey

    Elliot Fox-Povey has taught students from schools remote to urban, elementary to high school, and worked for Indigenous, non-profit and public school districts. He has been a maker of theatre, a social justice activist, and a teacher. In his role as a teacher, Elliot seeks to build understanding, empathy and mutual respect among his students. He is also a committed anti-colonialist working towards truth and reconciliation in his classroom. Elliot currently teaches at Cowichan Secondary School and lives in the  unceded Hul’qumi’num territory of Duncan with his partner and three magical children.