2:20 min. - Some secondary school teachers evaluate the harmonisation programme between Whites and Indians.
Lucie Leblanc - How is it that we're not… that we have mistaken notions about the people around us from other cultures who are nearby and who are, in reality, the roots of this country that I live in. And in reality, I'm the intruder. So I felt a giant step needed to be taken towards others. And really, who better than those who, luckily, speak our language, to teach us a little, to lift the veil, I'd say, on the mystery that you are to us.
Paul Rémillard, Affaires autochtones at the Ministère de l'éducation - What I enjoyed was seeing the young people's eyes. They come in a bit, like, okay who's that, we'll see. But then, they get involved very quickly. First of all, it smells good. The first emotion, the first sensation, is the smell of fir. Then, it's done so well, simply, with songs and stories. And it's really about Native life today, specifically that of the Innu.
Bruno Boilard, André-Laurendeau School. And the kids applaud very generously, they come up to us and greet us in the hallways: "Ah, it was fun, I liked it." That's the kind of comment we hear. What I heard from the teachers who participated with their groups, what I heard was: "I'd like to incorporate these visits into my program every year, it's too bad they don't come every year." I heard that from a few history teachers, among others, because they feel it corresponds very well to their subject matter. But beyond that complaint, what I hear from the other teachers is that they appreciate the visit because the stories and legends fit in well with the French program, the myths and world view are a good fit with moral and religious instruction, both Catholic and Protestant. As for geography, of course, geography teachers feel very comfortable with everything that's being conveyed, everything a nomadic people can teach us. That's the kind of comments I'm hearing. People are happy that it fits in with their subject matter, and in every subject, even, and especially, art, there are many elements where the teachers feel they can latch on and go even further, go further than what they've received.
Music - Philippe Mckenzie
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