The first week of November is “Treaties Recognition Week” – a week designated to learning more about treaty rights and responsibilities in Ontario. Each year, the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre (BCM&CC) works with schools throughout Bruce and Grey Counties to deliver programming for students to learn and have a better understanding of Ontario Treaties.
This school year may look a little different, however, the BCM&CC plans to continue providing this valuable educational experience in a virtual format. Students will learn through a combination of video segments, guided exploration activities, and resources from the Museum’s exhibits, discovering the treaties that govern the land in Bruce County.
Students will learn about a different perspective on the last 150 years of Ontario history, one that is every bit as real, vibrant, and important to the present and future of our region as the history they know already. In learning more, students will imagine themselves having to make the very hard choices that faced the ancestors of the Anishinaabe people. This culminating task will be a livestream event, held on the Museum’s Facebook page, with special guest speaker Maya-waasige (John Keeshig). Maya-waasige is a Bruce Peninsula-based Storyteller who shares traditional Ojibwe, Boodawaadomi and Anishnaabe tales as they relate to Bruce County.
Educators that are interested in participating may contact Education Coordinator, Mike Schwindt to reserve their class time for this free virtual education program. Video resources will be released on Monday, November 2 and Wednesday, November 4. The Live session will take place on Friday, November 6. All of these resources will be available for educators to use in their classrooms until the end of the school year.
Treaties Recognition Week education programming is proudly presented by Bruce Telecom.
The BCM&CC is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. To learn more about exhibits, programs, and to plan your next journey through Bruce County history visit www.brucemuseum.ca.