SIX NATIONS – The Woodland Cultural Centre is pleased to announce the launch of Landscape of Nations 360°: A National Education Initiative. The Initiative will design and implement educational programs intended to convey and enhance the meaning and messages of Landscape of Nations: The Six Nations & Native Allies Commemorative Memorial that was dedicated on
SIX NATIONS – The Woodland Cultural Centre is pleased to announce the launch of Landscape of Nations 360°: A National Education Initiative.
The Initiative will design and implement educational programs intended to convey and enhance the meaning and messages of Landscape of Nations: The Six Nations & Native Allies Commemorative Memorial that was dedicated on October 2, 2016 in Queenston Heights Park, and other historic markers and sites within the Niagara Region.
“The Landscape of Nations Memorial is a powerful and exquisite civic artwork that has heightened public awareness of First Nations contributions to the defence and shaping of Canada,” said Woodland Cultural Centre Executive Director Paula Whitlow. “This second phase will enable us to amplify the Memorial’s themes through the research and production of educational enhancement materials made available to teachers and students.” Sponsored by a generous grant from the Ignite the Spirit of Education Foundation, the Initiative will convene scholars, cultural resource specialists, educators, writers and designers, to establish a framework of Essential Understandings that will guide the development of teacher training programs and curriculum enhancement units to help broaden student education on indigenous subject matter. “In this era of reconciliation one of the most important lessons for Canadians to learn is how the alliances with dozens of First Nations before and during the War of 1812 profoundly shaped Canada’s history,” said Landscape of Nations 360° Scholar Rick Hill. “Having established the Memorial as a popular destination, an outdoor classroom really, we now have an enduring responsibility to maximize its use as a beacon and delivery system for indigenous education in the service of our ancestors.”
Landscape of Nations 360° emerges as an innovative collaboration involving the Woodland Cultural Centre and the existing network of educators and civic and philanthropic leaders who helped build the Memorial. The Initiative will involve educators and students in the learning process by providing them with an interactive, hands-on, quality educational experience. It will also align with the Ontario curriculum and be designed to ensure accuracy and foster greater awareness of the heritage, histories, and perspectives delivered through the Landscape of Nations 360° teaching platform.
Until recently the inclusion of indigenous history — and Indigenous content integrated within other disciplines — was virtually absent from school texts and tutorials. And when some level of information was present it often lacked the full 360° perspectives that fostered critical thinking skills that are vital to arriving at a balanced and accurate assessment of events and outcomes. There was little evidence in classroom materials of important historical and contemporary events involving Indigenous peoples, their knowledge, and perspective, and little or no integration of those events into the larger narratives of Canadian history. Landscape of Nations 360° intends to help shift that paradigm.