Dear Division 16,
As you know, last week was the date for the St. Michaels Residential School to be demolished. There was a ceremony where many attended in order to say goodbye to that place.
During that ceremony, an interesting exhibit of photographs was collected for the visitors. Please watch the video in the link below:
After watching, think about the unique and surprising perspective shown to the survivors and their families by the pictures taken by a student. The news article states that students were generally prohibited from having cameras.
Reflect on the importance of having these rare points of view represented in history and think about what unique perspective would help you to understand history. We have seen that throughout Canada’s history, the point of view of children, women, aboriginal people, workers, disabled people, people of colour and gay and lesbian people are often not counted or part of the record of history. For your post, think about a part of Canadian History and identify which forgotten, forbidden or unrecorded point of view is missing from the story.
For example, I might choose the underground railway and explain how the difficult and physically demanding travels might have been a barrier for someone who had a disability that prevented them from walking long distances through dangerous terrain, and noticed that we rarely hear stories except about strong people walking through the night and hiding in uncomfortable places. What choices did those individuals have in their quest for freedom, as safety was available only to those who were able to make the journey? How would that journey look different for someone who used a wheelchair, or was visually impaired? What stories and experiences are we missing?
I look forward to your responses!