Righting Canada’s Wrongs 2023 set
8 volume set + free resource guide
by Pamela Hickman, Arlene Chan, Rona Arato, Gloria Ann Wesley, Jean Smith Cavalluzzo, Melanie Florence, and Ken Setterington
illustrated by Masako Fukawa
contributions by Lindsay Gibson, Ilan Danjoux, and Roland Case
For educators seeking to build anti-racism learning into Canadian history classes, this 8-book set of classroom materials is an invaluable resource. Each book addresses a major instance of official racism and discrimination spanning more than 150 years. Also included is a free teachers guide to help integrate these titles into class curriculums.
For educators seeking to build anti-racism learning into Canadian history classes, this 8-book set of classroom materials is an invaluable resource. Each book addresses a major instance of official racism and discrimination spanning more than 150 years.
Included with this set is a free teachers guide to help better integrate these books into your class curriculum.
Together this set adds a vital dimension which has often been missing from the history students learn. These books enable students to see that racism and discrimination have been embedded in Canadian life for generations. Many groups have been targeted. These resources highlight the resilience and resistance of those impacted including Indigenous peoples, Japanese Canadians, LGBT adults, and African Canadians.
The authors document how the political action of those impacted and their descendants led later governments to acknowledge and apologize for these measures and policies. Each book records the official apologies and the follow-up actions by governments to recognize and make some restitution to those harmed and their descendants.
Each book features:
• Highly visual treatment, using photos, art, and illustrations
• Short, readable texts
• First-person accounts
• Full texts of government apologies
• Links to relevant video resources
This set is also available as a streaming online resource at www.canadiancloudlibrary.ca.
About the Authors
PAMELA HICKMAN is the author of over 35 non-fiction books for children, including winners of the Green Award for Sustainable Literature, International Best Book Award, Society of School Librarians, Canadian Authors Association Lilla Stirling Memorial Award and Parent's Choice Award. She lives in Canning, Nova Scotia.MASAKO FUKAWA lived in Steveston, BC until the forced evacuation in 1942. Masako has worked as a teacher and principal. Her recent book, Spirit of the Nikkei Fleet, won the 2010 Canada-Japan Literary Award and was runner up for the 2010 Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award and the BC Historical Federation's 2009 Historical Writing Competition. She lives in Burnaby, BC.ARLENE CHAN, a third-generation Chinese Canadian, is a retired librarian and author of non-fiction works for children, young adults, and adults on Chinese festivals and the Chinese in Canada. An avid dragon boat racer and gold-medalist on the Canadian National Women's Dragon Boat Team, she lives, writes, and paddles in Toronto.
RONA ARATO is a former teacher and an award-winning author of over fifteen books for children and young adults, including fiction, non-fiction, and historical fiction. Her books have won numerous awards including the Norma Fleck Award for best Canadian children's non-fiction book of 2014, the Red Cedar, Red Maple, and Rocky Mountain Awards (for The Last Train), and the 2011 Golden Oak Award (for Courage and Compassion: Ten Canadians that Made a Difference). Her book, The Ship to Nowhere, was designated a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Older Children by the Association of Jewish Libraries. Rona is a frequent speaker at schools and community organizations. Rona lives in Toronto, Ontario.
GLORIA ANN WESLEY holds the distinction of being Nova Scotia's first published Black poet. She is a trained teacher and has taught at all grade levels. Gloria is the author of two novels, two books of poetry, and several picture books. Chasing Freedom was nominated for the 2011 Anne Connor Brimer Book Award for Atlantic Canadian Children's Literature. If This is Freedom was chosen for One Book Nova Scotia in 2017. Her latest work is Abigail's Wish. Gloria resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
JEAN SMITH CAVALLUZZO is a Toronto writer interested in social justice issues. She has degrees in sociology and social work as well as a diploma in journalism. Her articles have appeared in Chatelaine, the Toronto Star, Eye-talian Magazine, and the Globe and Mail. She has also written for CBC radio. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
MELANIE FLORENCE is a proud Cree and a full-time writer currently based in Toronto. She is the author of the Righting Canada's Wrongs: Residential Schools, the YA novel The Missing, the Lorimer SideStreets title One Night, and Recordbooks title Jordin Tootoo: The Highs and Lows in the Journey of the First Inuk to Play in the NHL, which was chosen as an Honor Book by The American Indian Library Association. As a freelance journalist, Melanies byline has appeared in magazines including Dance International, Writer, Parents Canada, and Urban Male Magazine.
LINDSAY GIBSON is involved with the Canada-wide Historical Thinking Project and is a member of the Graduate Committee for The History Education Network. He has taught social studies methods courses to pre-service teachers in the Bachelor of Education program at the University of British Columbia and the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Lindsay taught secondary school history and social studies in Kelowna, BC for ten years and returned to the classroom part-time in the spring of 2012.
ILAN DANJOUX is a recent PhD graduate that examined the predictive power of Middle East political cartoons. He has fifteen years of teaching experience and curriculum design at every level of education, ranging from preschool to Masters programs. Ilan helped develop York University's first online courses, operated an online education website and designed online learning modules for the University of Leicester.
DR. ROLAND CASE is Executive director and co-founder of The Critical Thinking Consortium. He was a professor of Social Studies Education at Simon Fraser University. Roland has edited or authored over 100 published works. Notable among these are Understanding Judicial Reasoning (Thompson Publishing, 1997), The Anthology of Social Studies: Volume I and II (Pacific Educational Press, 2008) and Critical Challenges Across the Curriculum—the award-winning series of TC² teaching resources. In addition to his teaching career as an elementary school teacher and as a university professor, Roland has worked with 17,000 classroom teachers across Canada and in the United States, England, Israel, Russia, India, Finland and Hong Kong to support the infusion of critical thinking. Roland is the 2006 recipient of CUFAs Distinguished Academics Career Achievement Award.
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