Appropriate for Grades 6-12
About the Program:
The Place of Reflection is a sacred place located near the RCMP Heritage Centre to honour the memory of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People (MMIWG2S). We will examine the historical and current societal attitudes towards Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people that place them at high risk of becoming victims of violence, and the role policing plays in changing these attitudes in Canada.
This program will require consultation with the programming team and pre teaching.
- Learn about the significant role of Indigenous women in their families, communities, and nations.
- Examine historical and current societal attitudes towards Indigenous women, girls and 2S+ that perpetuate ignorance, racism, sexism, and discrimination and place them at high risk of becoming victims of violence.
- Review the mandate of the National Injury into MMIWG2S+ and the recommendations in the Calls to Justice.
- Understand the role policing plays in changing attitudes.
- Empathize with the loss that families have suffered and the importance of remembering and honouring their lives and memories and how this led to the development of The Place of Reflection.
- The participants will respect and honour the memory of many MMIWG2S+ by participating in a water or tobacco ceremony at The Place of Reflection.
- Learn about action and awareness that have led to empower change. (Missing Persons Week, Red Dress Day, Vigil)
- Examine the cause, effect and actions required to create positive change.
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We acknowledge that the land on which we gather, and where the RCMP Heritage Centre is located is Treaty 4 territory, which is the traditional territory of the Anihšinābēk, Nêhiyawak, Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota Peoples, and the original home of the Métis Nation. We recognize and acknowledge their culture and contributions.