Canada’s Stolen Generations

In this workshop, participants will learn strategies to bring students safely in and out of this difficult content.  Participants will engage in learning, dialogue and independent primary source exploration in this 2 part workshop." Participants must sign up for both parts of the workshop.


Between 1951 and 1991, Indigenous children were taken into care and placed with non-Indigenous parents where they were not raised in accordance with their cultural traditions nor taught their traditional languages. This dark chapter in Canada’s history is commonly referred to as the “Sixties Scoop” or Canada’s “Stolen Generations.”


In this interactive virtual workshop, we will introduce the constitutional right, traditional roles and approaches for care as a framework for critiquing the removal of children into adoptive and foster care.  Through a variety of reports, interviews, artwork, and readings from Facing History’s publication, Stolen Lives: Indigenous Peoples of Canada and the Indian Residential Schools and other texts, we will seek to understand how the history of the “Sixties Scoop” unfolded and explore the ongoing legacies of this injustice today.


In this session teachers will:


    -- Learn strategies to bring students safely in and out of this difficult content


    -- Experience an approach to teaching this history that centres First Nations and Inuit communities agency


    -- Engage in interactive learning, dialogue and independent primary source exploration


    -- Explore varied resources, knowledge and teaching strategies for engaging students in the history and legacies of Canada’s Stolen Generations - the 60s and Millenial Scoops


    -- Empower and inform young people

Target Audience

Grade 10 - 12 Socials, History, Indigenous Studies educators

To Bring/Important Notes

  • If able, please have on hand a journal/notebook and pen, or an object, person, pet, passage or prayer that helps you to stay grounded
  • We suggest that you experience this live learning on a laptop or desktop computer and use Chrome as your browser whenever possible. If using a Chromebook, you will not be able to participate in breakout sessions and will need to dial in.

  • Please plan to have your webcam on so that we can begin to build our online learning community. 

  • Even if you have recently used Zoom, please check that you will be able to join our Zoom room, as we may have different security settings in place.

  • Shut down and restart your computer every day.


W04 part I 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

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W04 part II 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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  • Spirit Lavallee

    Spirit Lavallee is a Cree/Métis & Wet’suwet’en  teacher in Vancouver, on the Unceded Coast Salish territories of the xʷməθkʷəəm (Musqueam), Tsleil-Waututh and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations. She currently teaches in the Indigenous focused alternative school Outreach at Britannia Secondary. She is the current Indigenous education chair for the VSTA and an executive member at large with the BCSSTA. 

  • Jasmine Wong

    Jasmine Wong is a Senior Program Associate with Facing History and Ourselves, where she manages programming and partnerships, and facilitates teacher professional development in workshops, conferences, and through social media for educators across Canada. Prior to her work with Facing History and Ourselves, Jasmine worked as a classroom teacher, adult education facilitator and research assistant in cancer epidemiology. She earned her M.A. in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies at Stanford University, and her B.Ed. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She will join this webinar from Toronto (Tkaranto), on the traditional homeland of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Wendat Nation.