1. 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 created by children and for children, in both official languages, and in Indigenous languages wherever possible.
2. 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.
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. [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 those 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
The elementary teachers and children of Canada will have forged new relationships between each other across language, cultural, and geographic boundaries, based on new understandings, 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 – by kids, for kids.
An AKGTCanada video will be a permanent online resource to help children learn about the land and people of Canada – by kids, for kids.
The AKGTC project will provide Canadian elementary teachers with a method of connecting their classes across the country for the purposes of new conversations, deeper learning, and collaborative actions, as well as for the purposes of teachers pursuing their own professional learning.