Banff Cave & Basin Tour
Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914-1920 are still not well known, partly because most survivors were afraid to speak out about what happened to them and also because the Government of Canada destroyed many of the relevant archives. And yet thousands of Ukrainians and other Europeans were branded as “enemy aliens” during the First World War, transported into the Dominion’s frontier hinterlands and forced to do heavy labour for the profit of their jailers. And not only did these measures continue until June 1920 but the victims were subjected to other state-sanctioned censures, including disenfranchisement. The War Measures Act would be used again against Japanese, German, and Italian Canadians during the Second World War and during the 1970 Quebec Crisis. By participating in this guided tour of the Cave & Basin internment camp site in Banff National Park you will have an exclusive opportunity to listen to Professor Lubomyr Luciuk tell the story of how he first learned about this historic injustice and organized the Ukrainian Canadian community's eventually successful campaign for acknowledgement and redress.
Decolonization Skateboards: Exploring Colonialism, Creativity and Reconciliation with Skateboards
This session outlines how students combined skateboard art with a history lesson on Indigenous culture and colonialism in an effort to raise awareness about reconciliation. Students worked with a number of Indigenous creatives and leaders to explore Indigenous history and strengthen their understanding of the effects of government policies, legislation and practices on Indigenous cultures and peoples. Participants will learn about the inspiration behind this project, how it was implemented and what it would take to do it in their own classroom. They will also hear about how skateboarding can be a form of activism to inspire social change and used as a call to action to forge the path to decolonization.
Ways of Knowing and a Path Towards Reconciliation
The session will explore the power of relationships, shared experience, and land-based learning, as entry points to engage in the truth and reconciliation process. A personal journey of learning about traditional Blackfoot ‘ways of knowing’ will be shared. Furthermore, a social studies critical thinking framework—open-mindedness, empathy, humility, truth, reciprocity—will be explored as a tool to help students and teachers learn about the complex history of Canada and our relationship to nature, land, and place.
I am in my 29th year of teaching, having worked in five different school settings, with most of my teaching in high school social studies. I feel fortunate to have experienced a wide variety of wonderful professional learning opportunities, including a secondment with the Southern Alberta Professional Development Consortium, an instructor secondment with the University of Lethbridge Faculty of Education, and a variety of curriculum design and learner assessment work with Alberta Education. I had the privilege of serving in executive roles at the local and provincial levels of the ATA Social Studies Specialist Council. I am currently involved in the ATA sponsored Finland-Alberta International Research Project collaborating with other Alberta schools and our Finnish partners to explore the overarching inquiry question: what makes a great school for all? Over the past five years I have been on a personal and professional journey towards deepening my understanding of traditional Blackfoot ways of knowing, focused on my relationship to the land and stories of the place I call home. -Craig Findlay
Voting Rights through Time: Inquiry and Inclusion
The Montreal Holocaust Museum would be delighted to lead a session at the conference, and share our extensive free bilingual resources with Alberta Social Studies teachers. I’d be available to lead sessions in both English and French, if that is of interest. I know my predecessor, Cornelia Strickler, was in contact with your organization at some point pre-pandemic regarding the Museum providing teacher training in Alberta, and I’m very happy to be picking up the relationship again as things move forward!