Fiona Meyers Cook shares the development of the “Spoken Letters” assignment, an inquiry driven project designed to help students reflect on residential school legacies and show solidarity and support for residential school survivors. Students prepared digital stories in response to survivors’ stories presented on the “Where Are the Children” and the “Mikmawey Debert Cultural Centre” websites. The assignment is based on the concept of the ‘non-disposable assignment’ as it encourages students to represent knowledge in a variety of ways, encourages peer-access and review, while building collaboration, community engagement and solidarity. The “Spoken Letter” Videos and blog submissions were published online via the Spoken Letters VIU WordPress website in the days leading up to Orange Shirt Day on September 30th.
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