Lauren smart Lampl stands in front of lake louise

Lauren Smart-Lampl, Indigenous Teacher Education Program Coordinator and current Master of Education in World Indigenous Studies in Education student joins us to talk about Truth and Reconciliation in the classroom drawing on her experience teaching in Nova Scotia. She discusses how she talked about residential schools in her classroom, how to indigenize your classroom, the importance of Indigenous languages, and more. 


About Lauren 

Lauren is Kanien’kéha:ka from Kenhté:ke (Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.) She sits with the Bear Clan, and her research focuses on Rematriation of food- and seed-sustainability in the face of Climate Change.” She is the mom of two young children. Find out more about Lauren



  • Good Minds - Excellent for literary resources for teachers, including some classroom kits on Residential Schools and Treaty Relations
  • Orange Shirt Day - Website dedicated to Phyllis Webstad's story which sparked the Orange Shirt movement;
  • The Woodland Cultural Centre, which happens to be home to the oldest Residential School in Canada, the Brantford Institute aka., the Mush Hole;
  • Algoma University, formerly the site of the Shingwauk Residential School.


  • When We Were Alone by David Robertson 
  • Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
  • A Stranger at Home by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
  • When I Was Eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

Resources from the Queen's Faculty of Education Library and beyond

  • 100 Years of Loss from the Legacy of Hope Foundation 
  • Secret Path by Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire 
  • Shannen and the Dream for a School by Janet Wilson 
  • Teaching What Really Happened: How to Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks and Get Students Excited About Doing History by James W. Loewen 
  • Talking Back to the Indian Act by Mary-Ellen Kelm and Keith Smith
  • L'historie du chandail orange by Phyliss Webstad and Brock Nicol