Understanding and Finding Our Way - Decolonizing Canadian Education National Film Debut

Historically, colonial education systems and schools have not been safe spaces for Indigenous children or families. Register for the national debut of Understanding and Finding Our Way – Decolonizing Canadian Education, an impactful and timely film exploring racial inequities in Saskatchewan’s education system and beyond, but from the perspective of Indigenous people. 

The 32-minute film was directed by award-winning filmmaker Alison Duke. It was produced by Dr. Verna St Denis, an internationally renowned educator and scholar in anti-racist education, following appropriate protocols and under the guidance of Elder Mary Lee. Photos to support the film were provided courtesy of Leah Arcand.  

The film airs on National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., during a Zoom webinar being hosted by Dr. Verna St. Denis and Shelly Tootoosis. Understanding and Finding Our Way – Decolonizing Canadian Education takes a hard look at the challenges Indigenous teachers, students and families continue to experience today. 

Following the event, participants are invited to discuss the film and ways we can work together to disrupt the colonial system to create an education system that works for everyone.    

Monday, June 21, 2021 - 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Online via Zoom

This event is free.

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Viewer warning: The film may be difficult to watch. As this is a virtual event, we encourage you to consider connecting with an Elder or Knowledge Keeper, friend or colleague, or to reach out for additional support.

The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line (1-866-925-4419) is available 24 hours a day for anyone experiencing pain as a result of their residential school experience. STF members can also access the Member and Family Assistance Program for support.

This film was created in partnership with the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation and the Universities of Saskatchewan and Waterloo and through the support of Dr. Jennifer Simpson, Principal Investigator of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council grant: Building and Mobilizing Knowledge on Race and Colonialism in Canada. 

Seats are expected to fill up quickly. Register early to secure your spot.