Suzanne Methot and Toronto Green Community (TGC) are pleased to announce that they are joining forces on the Rivers Rising Book Project! This project responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #62 by creating age-appropriate curriculum using Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods. Suzanne will write the text of the book, which will focus on Toronto’s lost rivers. Students in grades 4 & 5 in a local partner school will then be invited to illustrate the book.
As part of the project, students will attend a Lost Rivers Walk facilitated by a TGC Rivers Rising Indigenous Ambassador. They will then create artistic responses to the book text and the walk, facilitated by an Indigenous Artist Facilitator. After a student art show, the illustrations will be added to the text to create a hardcover children’s book. Stay tuned for details on the book launch!
“Indigenous education” is often understood to mean on-reserve education, when in fact 70% of all Indigenous peoples now live in urban or off-reserve communities. Despite this reality, Indigenous stories remain invisible in the urban environment. The aim of the Rivers Rising Book Project is to provide non-Indigenous students with the opportunity to create common ground with their Indigenous classmates by learning about Indigenous histories, experiences, and perspectives. The project will also enable Indigenous students to learn more about their own cultures and be leaders in the classroom discussion circle. The Rivers Rising Book Project will also connect children and families to their local neighbourhood and local environmental issues.
Many thanks to our project funder, the Ontario Arts Council.
Make sure to check Suzanne’s Facebook page for project updates, beginning in May.
And check out the TGC website here.