A group of educators from the Peel District School board has recently launched a Twitter chat, #21Things, to promote awareness and educate fellow educators on the topic of Indigenous education. More than 225 educators from over 50 educational institutions from across Canada will participate in the weekly chat to help continue the important work of truth and reconciliation.
The chats focus on 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act, a book written by Bob Joseph, founder of Indigenous Corporate Training Inc., and a member of the Gwawaenuk Nation. Educators are leading discussions, responding to prompts, and sharing resources and tips on how to approach a variety of topics both in and outside the classroom. Threads thus far have addressed residential schools, the legal system, women's rights, the water crisis on Reserves that Canada has not addressed and the reframing of what we thought we knew about icons of history.
Each session will last one hour and four questions will be asked using Q1 and A1 format on various learnings from the book. Followers are encouraged to use #21Things and contribute when possible. During the chat, resources will also be provided to educators.
Upcoming Twitter chat dates and times:
Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. EST (Pages 64 to 92)
Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. EST (Pages 93 to 105)
Educators from the Peel board received a grant from The Teaching Learning and Leadership Program offered by the Ministry of Education which allows educators to engage in self-directed research and professional development.
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