This past semester I was in the midst of teaching one of my favorite units that I’ve ever taught in my career thus far. My students read a play about characters who are a part of a First Nations community in British Columbia, Canada. The play, titled Where the Blood Mixes, deals with tragedy and trauma, sheds light on the effects of residential schools (where indigenous children were sent to be forcibly assimilated into the white colonial culture) on the indigenous populations in Canada. The main reason why this unit was so important was that not only does it address the painful experiences of a group of people who are often overlooked, the unit centered works by indigenous peoples and their voices were an integral part of the unit. My students listened to and reflected on real residential school survivor stories in conjunction with…
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