Gladys: The Life of a Child in a BC Residential School

Somebody’s sister … somebody’s auntie … somebody’s daughter …

Designed for the intermediate grades, this teacher and student-friendly, ten-lesson module was written with the New BC Curriculum in mind. While learning about the true-life story of Gladys, a local Aboriginal girl from the Nlaka’pamux Nation in Spuzzum, BC, students are taken on a local, land and place-based journey of inquiry and ethical judgement. Students are encouraged to connect personally to Gladys as they work together to examine and evaluate a wide range of primary and secondary resources. The goal of this session is to provide teachers with the resources, background and support that will prepare them to take their students to a deeper level of truth and reconciliation education.


12:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Room 310

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  • Michelle Sokoloski

    Michelle Sokoloski is a teacher from School District 68 Nanaimo Ladysmith.  She has been teaching for 12 years, both on and off reserve.  Michelle has a Master's in Special Education from VIU, is currently working as a Student Support Teacher after years in the classroom and working as the District Aboriginal Enhancement Coordinator.  Michelle is a facilitator for the BCTF and enjoys travelling to different districts to share workshops.