Students work together to build a shared vision of reconciliation

Contributed by: Jaclyn Calder, Technology Enabled Learning Teacher, Simcoe County District School Board

This year students across Simcoe County collaborated with others across Ontario around the theme of reconciliation. Wab Kinew challenged all Canadian students to work together (Indigenous and non-indigenous) to learn about each others’ communities and cultures before working together to build a representation of their vision of reconciliation in Minecraft. Minecraft is a virtual world where students can design and build together.

Since February participating classes have;

  • joined in 12 Google Hangouts on Air 
  • participated in a Google Hangout on Air with Waubgeshig Rice
  • wrote, read and responded to over 700 posts in our D2L online discussion forum
  • created video, images and audio to introduce themselves and share
  • defended what they felt to be ‘the most important’ Call to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • challenged each other to learn new language and understand what terms like ‘unceded’ mean
  • read books along the theme of reconciliation and shared reviews online
  • worked together in two separate Minecraft worlds to build their collective vision of reconciliation
  • posted a reflection on their learning
  • posted thought and ideas on social media using the tag #craftreconciliation
  • created images to help break down stereotypes
  • annotated reading material online using collaborative annotation tools
  • created murals combining both Indigenous and non-indigenous artistic styles
  • designed and built dioramas to show the relationship between Indigenous and non-indigenous in the past, present and future
  • wrote letters to youth in Attiwapiskat
  • wrote news reports and put them together to create an ebook

The following images were submitted by participants with the intent of breaking down stereotypes.

One thing for sure can be said about our work together – the students owned their learning. To support a collaboration like this also required the teachers of every class to learn new strategies and technologies together. Every teacher contributed to our learning. Thank you to the participating classes from the schools and boards listed below. This was an amazing opportunity for students and teachers in Simcoe County and beyond. You can learn more about the project by visiting the project blog.

Chippewas of Rama First Nation
Mnjikaning Kendaaswin Elementary School

Wikwemikong Board of Education
Wikwemikong High School
Wasse Abin Pontiac School

Simcoe County District School Board
Codrington Public School
Midland Secondary School
Nantyr Shores Secondary School
Orillia Secondary School
Penetanguishene Secondary School
Twin Lakes Secondary School

Rainy River District School Board
Mine Centre Elementary School

Upper Grand District School Board
Orangeville District Secondary School

Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
Peel Catholic District School Board
Peel District School Board
York Catholic District School Board

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