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Teacher Conference

The 4th annual Docs For Schools’ Teacher Conference:


Exploring Indigenous Perspectives
Friday, February 23, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
School of Image Arts, Ryerson University
122 Bond St, Toronto

Cost: Free
Requirement: Grades 7–12 teachers only
Questions: Lesley Sparks


We are very pleased welcome Canadian filmmaker Michelle Latimer for the day.

For a person who grew up with little exposure to art and instead found inspiration in nature, Michelle Latimer has achieved a lot. She’s an actress, director and film programmer of Métis/Algonquin descent, first gaining popularity for a lead role on the Canadian soap opera Paradise Fall. She later turned to directing—her animated film Choke played at Sundance and was nominated for a Genie award, and her documentary on Toronto’s rap scene, Alias, was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award. Latimer is currently adapting bestselling book The Inconvenient Indian for the screen and is the showrunner for Rise, a Viceland production that focuses on various struggles against colonization by Indigenous groups, including the Standing Rock protests. She has also worked as a programmer for imagineNATIVE and Hot Docs. CBC

The program includes:

  • Keynote address by Michelle Latimer

  • Screenings of two films from the Rise series: Urban Rez and Standing Rock, followed by Q&As with Michelle

  • Session: Engaging your students with Indigenous issues of a sensitive nature, with Suzanne Methot

  • Session: Discover Curio.ca, the CBC education platform offering many Indigenous-produced and themed documentaries, news reports and collections. Also, hear from CBC host and journalist Duncan McCue about CBC News’ ambitious storytelling project examining progress on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. Storytelling will feature an implementation update on each of the TRC’s 94 Calls to Action; original stories, features and mini-documentaries highlighting themes related child welfare, education, language and culture, health, justice and reconciliation; and personal storytelling of residential school survivors. Through CBC News and Curio.ca, resources, activities and guides will be available to aid educators in incorporating the project features into classrooms.

  • Session: NFB… Find out how CAMPUS, the NFB’s online video streaming portal for educators, provides access to our unparalleled collection of documentaries, animation and interactive works that voice the powerful and profound stories of our land. As told by First Nations, Métis and Inuit filmmakers from every region of Canada, these rich and relevant educational resources will foster deep learning, inspire creativity, and sharpen critical thinking skills by initiating conversations on identity, family, community, and nationhood.

  • Takeaway resources to share with your colleagues

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Thank you to the Ontario Teacher’s Federation and the School of Image Arts at Ryerson for their generous support of this conference.

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Presenting Partners

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Major Supporters

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Official Airline Partner

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