Landscapes of Injustice: Using Internment and Dispossession to teach Secondary School Social Studies, Social Justice, and the Core Competencies

Teachers will receive FREE lessons in social studies and social justice that fit the revised curriculum for Socials Studies 10, Explorations in Social Studies 11, and Social Justice 12. These lessons have been developed by teachers for teachers.  First, Kaitlin will take you through the history of the internment and dispossession of Japanese Canadians, and talk about an exciting historical research project, Landscapes of Injustice (  Then Mike will demo lessons that tie this rich history with Core and Curricular competencies.  The lessons are hands-on, interactive, and low-tech.  We aim for you to leave our workshop inspired and equipped to teach this history to your students.

Target Audience

Grades 10-12


12:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Room 324

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  • Kaitlin Findlay

    Kaitlin Findlay is the Research Coordinator for Landscapes of Injustice. Kaitlin defended her MA Thesis at the University of Victoria in December 2017, where she won an award for teaching the internment history to undergraduate students. In her time with Landscapes of Injustice, Kaitlin has worked with the Government Records and Knowledge Mobilization clusters.

  • Michael Perry-Whittingham

    Mike Perry-Whittingham is currently a Secondary Vice Principal with the Richmond School District. He taught high school history, law and social studies for 17 years in Richmond. Mike has collaborated and co-authored numerous curriculum resources in law and history including “Internment and Redress: The Japanese Canadian Experience” a resource guide for social studies teachers. Along with Greg, Mike is Co-Chair of the Teacher Resources Cluster on Landscapes of Injustice.