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Parliamentarians, leaders representing First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, representatives from Indspire, and members of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) joined students on the gymnasium-sized map, in a story-sharing circle to hear about the work that went into creating the Atlas. Organized by the Indigenous Caucus of the Liberal Party, the launch celebrated the completion of Canadian Geographic ‘s innovative Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada educational resources.

"Thoughout the Truth and Reconciliation Commission we heard from Survivors that education was the way forward for reconciliation," says Ry Moran, Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. "The IPAC Educational Resources will provide the necessary tools for teachers to educate the next generation, and all of Canadians, about Indigenous histories, nations, territories and Identities."

Canadians of all ages are keen to learn more about Indigenous history and perspectives in Canada. The Atlas has already sold 8,000 copies through pre-orders alone, and the four-volume collection is now available in bookstores and online. A second printing is underway and will be available as of Nov. 17, 2018.

The educational resources that accompany the Atlas are unique in both their content and scope. Much of the information presented in these resources has never been made available in written form or shared with educators before now. And the extent of history and geography covered by these resources is impressive — most of Canadian Geographic Education’s teacher’s guides are about 35 pages long, but the IPAC teacher’s guide offers more than 170 pages of activities and lesson plans.

Teachers are already lining up to book IPAC’s educational materials for their schools. When the IPAC Giant Floor Map site went live on Sept. 26, Can Geo Education received 68 bookings in just three weeks. All Can Geo Education’s resources are bilingual and free to use or book. In addition, 30 IPAC Giant Floor Maps have been sold to schools and groups across Canada.

For the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, that definitely will support Canada’s efforts at reconciliation with Indigenous People. "This project will ensure that young Canadians have the opportunity to learn more about the culture and heritage of Indigenous Peoples, including the dark history of residential schools. The Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada was a Canada 150 project that we were proud to support, because it involved the participation of Indigenous Peoples and responded to the Call to Action to better educate our children on these issues. I congratulate the Royal Canadian Geographical Society for undertaking this creative and exciting project, which we hope will move us down the path of reconciliation."

John Geiger, CEO of the RCGS, attributes the success of the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada to the enthusiasm and interest from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians in having materials that reflect the perspectives and stories of all peoples in Canada. "We have collaborated with Indigenous partners to produce these unique educational resources and along the way these partnerships have grown into friendships. I hope as more Canadians learn through IPAC, this understanding will nurture more empathy and reconciliation with Indigenous People, which has always been our goal," said Geiger.

"Canadian Geographic’s Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada is a ground-breaking new educational resource," says Vance Badawey, M.P for Niagara Centre and member of the Indigenous Caucus of the Liberal Party. "It is my hope this project will help build multicultural understanding, encourage dialogue, and foster mutual respect between all Canadians. A key to a better Canada lies in forging stronger relationships with Indigenous Peoples."

The Atlas content has been produced in partnership with the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Métis National […]

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