Stories in this category focus on recognizing past events of Indigenous people and understanding how they relate to contemporary experiences. Looking at past experiences can provide insight into how to move forward and these programs aim to strengthen a sense of belonging and self-identity and raise awareness of, and an appreciation for relationships with land, including traditional knowledge, medicines, survival and Indigenous ways of life. These stories focus on experiential learning, arts-based programming, and policy and show the vital importance of knowing where you are from in order to know where you are going.
Wiingashk Alternative Secondary School is located at N’Amerind Friendship Centre in London. This program offers urban Indigenous students a culture-based education that balances the secondary school curriculum with wholistic, culturally relevant educational approaches.
Meeka is a well-known teacher of education, healing, and Inuit culture. She started teaching children in 1971, and moved onto adult education at Nunavut Arctic College for 18 years. Meeka believes that elder knowledge from experience is necessary have a foundation for living an Inuit life as our ancestor did. She hopes that healing and education from Inuit go a long way.