Reflection Essay


The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and the people of British Columbia held a Reconciliation Week in Vancouver during September (18-21) of 2013. Actually, this Reconciliation Week was occurring at the time of writing this section of the EDUC 100W course. This is such an important part of Canadian history—to pay respect and honour those who suffered in residential schools at the hand of the Canadian government, its churches and people.

Learning Objectives/Outcomes

This section further explores the concepts of curriculum and curriculum studies in Education by:

  • Developing an awareness of how European colonialism invoked the educational system as a means of “integration” in European society.
  • Developing an understanding of how aboriginal people around the globe have been broken by the residential school system, imposed through colonial governments and the churches.
  • Thinking deeply about the healing that needs to take place.

Learning Activities

There are three required readings and three films for this week:


Chapter 5: “Using Illustrations in Professional Settings,” in Northey, M., & Bradley, J.G. (2012). Making sense in education: A student’s guide to research and writing. Oxford: Oxford University Press Canada.

Chapter 7: “Writing with Style,” in Northey, M., & Bradley, J.G. (2012). Making sense in education: A student’s guide to research and writing.Oxford: Oxford University Press Canada.


Black, C. (Ed.). (2010). Schooling the world: The white man’s last burden—A discussion guide and companion to the film (Links to an external site.). Malibu, CA: Lost People Films.


Smoovio Smooth. (2014, September 21). Schooling the world: The white man’s last burden (Links to an external site.) [Video file]. Retrieved from

Simon Fraser University. (2013, September 17). SFU day for reconciliation (Links to an external site.) [Video file]. Burnaby, BC: Simon Fraser University, Office for Aboriginal Peoples. Retrieved from

Wolochatiuk, T. (Director)., & Irving, K. & Christensen, D. (Producers). (2012). We were children [Video]. Montreal, QC: National Film Board of Canada; Winnipeg, MB: Eagle Vision; Toronto ON: Entertainment One. Retrieved from (Links to an external site.)


Reflect on the group dynamics in your online discussion group. What have you noticed about the input of the group members and your own developing ideas regarding the discussion topics? Do you find this approach in the class engaging and motivating? Do you feel that the group collaboration results in a more expansive understanding of the topic than what the individual members might achieve independently? How will this online learning experience benefit you personally and professionally? Write a paragraph responding to these questions (500 words max) and submit this to your portfolio.