Preparing to Teach

It is readily acknowledged that Indian children lose their natural resistance to illness by habituating so closely in the residential schools and that they die at a much higher rate than in their villages. But this alone does not justify a change in the policy of the Department, which is geared towards a final solution of our Indian Problem.

–> Duncan Campbell Scott, Deputy Superintendent of Indian Affairs, 1910

I’m preparing to teach in a First Nations Community. Right now I’m participating in a three week orientation facilitated by Teach For Canada. Teach for Canada is an outstanding organization, but more about them in a future blog.

Right now I’m struggling with many issues: “final solution” , will I bring something of value?, am I bailing on my family?, can I teach? and all the other stuff my friends will know (and so laugh) I’m overthinking.

Peace,

~Jim

 

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One thought on “Preparing to Teach

  1. Jim, Thank you for sharing your journey as a teacher. We all have the same questions and you are “doing” the part of loving, respecting one another, after the First Commandment of loving our God. Jim, the truth is harsh, at times, but it is steadfast as a rock. Teach it for us all….Helen

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