DOHR (www.dohr.ca), a community-based research project supported by SSHRC, is creating and piloting a curriculum unit about the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children. The curriculum centres on a VR oral history experience of three former residents of the Home. These residents, along with a public inquiry in the province, are active partners in all aspects of the project. We will assess how this curriculum develops students’ historical consciousness, namely, how they makes sense and use this past to understand the present and move into the future. The interrelated concepts that guide the project are restorative justice; oral history; and historical thinking.

When piloting a workshop with teachers regarding the curriculum, the project leads were informed that the idea of research might be quite daunting for some members of the community; there may be challenges with informed consent based on literacy levels for others; and the schools are committed to a robust consent process.

Thus, I’ve been asked to form a team of undergraduate researchers to collaborate on a redesign of the informed consent form.

If interested, please write to mradzikowska@mtroyal.ca by April 15, 2019.

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