1. To provide an authentic and meaningful way for the children of Canada to mark the occasion of Canada’s 150th birthday – to use the occasion to provide all elementary school-aged children with an exciting reason to learn about, celebrate, and share their home communities with the children of Canada
2. To provide an authentic opportunity for all Canadian elementary students to use their voice to collaborate and publish a modern interactive guide to Canada’s varied communities which is made by children and for children, in both official languages, and every Indigenous language possible.
3. To connect elementary teachers and students of all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds for the purpose of learning – with a special focus on valuing and connecting marginalized, minority language, Indigenous and non-Indigenous students with their peers across Canada. [see TRC Call to Action 85 ii ]
4. To foster a culture of mutual understanding, empathy, respect, and collaboration amongst Canada’s youngest citizens – to help school children create personal relationships with their peers across Canada in order to help dismantle limiting and out-dated Canadian cultural stereotypes. [TRC Call to Action 63 iii ]
5. To support Canadian teachers learning to implement new pedagogies for connected learning, and new cultural skills needed for teaching effectively in a global classroom, especially as these relate to helping our students learn about, from, and with their diverse Inuit, First Nations, Metis, Francophone, Anglophone, and New Canadian peers.
Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action #63.3 …building student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect. #85.2 …continuing to develop media initiatives that inform and educate the Canadian public, and connect Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians.
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LASTING PROJECT OUTCOMES
By December 2017….
The elementary teachers and children of Canada will have developed new relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people based on new understanding, empathy, and respect.
The Interactive Kids’ Guide to Canada will be a permanent online resource to help children learn about all of the different lands and people of Canada.
An AKGTCanada video will be a permanent online resource to help children learn about the land and people of Canada.
The Digital Human Library will provide Canadian teachers with a method of connecting their students with other classes across the country for the purposes of new conversations, deeper learning, and collaborative actions, and for the purposes of pursuing their own professional learning.