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Health, Wellness, and Reconciliation: Run Walk Wheel Training

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The #sd8abed 8 week Run Walk Wheel training will start April 8th! This year’s theme is around Health, Wellness, and Reconciliation. Each week, there will be teachings shared around these themes, along with some tips and information for training to work toward the Reconciliation Run Walk Wheel in all SD8 Schools in June. We won’t be following any particular program, it will be up to staff to choose something listed on the website. Or create your own. The point of this all is for all of us.. staff, students, community, families.. to get outside and move our bodies.. walk, wheel, run. Work with your own ability. Breathe fresh air. Get sun in our eyes and on our skin (with sunscreen). Connect with the Land. Connect with the Water. And turn our thoughts to the journey of Reconciliation.

All information will be shared here!

Week 1 - April 8 - 12 - What is Reconciliation?

     Learn more about what Reconciliation means from this clip from CBC Kids. What does the word Reconciliation mean to you?

Week 2 - April 15 - 19 - How do you connect with the Land around you?

     Part of the journey of Reconciliation is thinking about the Land we are on, the Land around us. How does our relationship with and to Land impact our journey of Reconciliation? 

     Reconciliation Happens on the Land – Indigenous Leadership Initiative (read)

     Reconciliation Begins with the Land – Isaac Murdoch (video) (all ages)

     It’s All About the Land – Pam Palmater with Taiaiake Alfred (video, Intermediate and Secondary)

     Relationships to the Land – Great Bear Rainforest Trust (read)

     Land As Teacher: Understanding Indigenous Land-based education – UNESCO (read)

     Land-based Learning Lesson Plans – The National Centre for Collaboration in Indigenous Education (all ages, et français)

     Ktunaxa Nature Walk: Alfred Joseph’s Walkabout – Outdoor Learning Store (resource)

     Lesson Plans – Whose Land (all grade levels)

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Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8


Guides for RunWalkWheel Training

Dynamic stretches – to do before going out and walking running wheeling

Static stretches – to do after finishing walking running wheeling

Stretches for wheelchair users - infographic – stretching for wheelchair users

Warm up/Cool down – Pow Wow Sweat

Linking Indigenous Cultural Sports and Activities to Physical Literacy – School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy

Games Celebrating Indigenous Ways of Knowing - School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy

Movement Activity Cards – School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy

Playground Circuits – School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy

30 Day Walking Challenge – Gillian Judson (with Indigenous connections and FPPL connections)

Walking Forward: Learning From Place – Heidi Wood & Gillian Judson

Indigenous RunWalkWheel Tips - ISPARC


Reconciliation Resources

Learn more about the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

National Narrative Report on Reconciliation – Reconciliation Canada

Spirit Bear’s Calendar Guide to Reconciliation – First Nations Child & Family Caring Society

Spirit Bear Films – First Nations Child & Family Caring Society

Orange Shirt Day Society – Lesson plans, resources, videos, and activities for all grade levels

Orange Shirt Day Society – Phyllis’ Story

Orange Shirt Day Society – Histoire de la journée du chandail orange

National Film Board of CanadaTruth & Reconciliation

National Film Board of Canada - Orange Shirt Day Films and Lessons

National Film Board of Canada - Indigenous Cinema

FNESC – Video Resources for Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation

National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation – ReconciliACTION plans

Reconciliation Canada – Back Pocket Reconciliation Plan

Gord Downie – Secret Path

Every Child Matters – Reconciliation through Education

The Witness Blanket – An invitation to bear witness to Indian Residential Schools in Canada

Picking up the Pieces – The Making of the Witness Blanket (film)

Monique Gray Smith on "Why we need to learn" (video)

Lesson Plans from BCTF Classroom Resources:

     215 Le Estcwicwéy: Honouring the Children buried at Kamloops Indian Residential School

     Gladys We Never Knew: The Life of a Child in a BC Indian Residential School

     Timeline History of Aboriginal Peoples in BC

     Beyond September 30: Doing the Work

Teacher Pay Teachers – Truth & Reconciliation lessons and resources

CBC Kids – What does Reconciliation Mean?

AHS – Acts of Reconciliation You Can Do With Your Child

Historica Canada – Timeline of Residential Schools in Canada

Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada – History of Residential Schools

Namwayut: we are all one. Truth & Reconciliation in Canada – CBC

Healing a Nation Through Truth & Reconciliation – Chief Dr. Robert Joseph

British Columbia: An Untold History – Knowledge Network

First Contact – APTN

First Peoples Principles of Learning - FNESC


Preparing for the Reconciliation Run Walk Wheel event

Please see the document here for tips and ideas for an event at your school. All events will take place during the week of June 6 - 10.