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Canada at National Council for the Social Studies in Chicago

Canada exhibit booth at the annual meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies. Photo credit: Kyla Sweet

January 24, 2019

The Pacific Northwest National Resource Center on Canada teamed up with the Northeast National Resource Center to participate in the annual meetings of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) held in Chicago in November 2018.

Kyla Sweet, the Pacific Northwest NRC K-12 education and curriculum specialist, worked with Betsy Arntzen, University of Maine, and Amy Sotherden, State University of New York at Plattsburgh, to bring Canada to the NCSS. They presented a power session titled “The Stories We Tell: Indigenous History, Literacy and Cultural Sensitivity” to a full room.

In International Alley at the Canada exhibit booth, they talked with hundreds of educators from across the United States about Canadian history, literature, and politics, and shared educational resources and pedagogical ideas.

The team also hosted Dr. José Brandão, who gave a presentation called “Pathways of Change: Natives and French in the Great Lakes.” An Area Studies Outreach pre-conference at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana offered opportunities to connect with other national resource centers to share best practices and ideas for the next year.