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Facing History & Ourselves Canada

We support educators across Canada to create inclusive, empathetic, and equitable classroom environments that encourage conversations around truth and reconciliation, justice, and identity.

We provide educators with academically rigorous resources and proven student-centred strategies that focus on cultivating engaged and informed citizens, ensuring the realization of a more compassionate and inclusive society.  We have been supporting middle and high school teachers and students in schools across Canada since 1981, and opened an office in 2008. 

Teaching the History and Legacies of Canada’s Residential Schools

Stolen Lives: The Indigenous Peoples of Canada and the Indian Residential Schools supports learning about the history and legacies of Canada’s Residential Schools through primary sources and survivors’ personal testimonies.  Using our unique approach, this resource invites readers to engage with stories of identity, belonging and history, that centre Indigenous voices.

Years of Proven Results

94%
Of Facing History students say that their class motivated them to learn.

81%
Of students felt they were more capable of recognizing racism, antisemitism, and prejudice after taking a Facing History class.

92%
Of Facing History teachers report that our program helps their students stand up for what they believe, even when others disagree.

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Using Facing History in a Canadian History Course

In this self-guided online workshop educators learn about the Facing History resources that can supplement Canadian history courses. They will also engage in active learning strategies that reinforce historical thinking skills, inquiry skills, and civil discourse for difficult conversations.

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Years of Proven Results

1100+
There are over 1100 schools in Canada with Facing History trained educators.

16,000+
We have supported over 16,000 area educators with Facing History guidance and resources.

“We are the ones who are going to create history. When
future generations look back, it’s going to be us they are going to talk about and the change that we’ve made.”

Student, Don Mills Collegiate Institute