Category: Teaching Tool

Components: Self-guided Learning

Components: Self-guided Learning Timing: 15 minutes, flexible Mode: In class; Online Ya’Ya Heit makes a very clear connection between Indigenous experiences of mental health and wellbeing and the historical and contemporary context of colonialism.  Begin by having your students read the Learning Lens and Components in Situ sections as background and examine Heit’s art and …

Component Evaluation: Sterilization Timeline

Component Evaluation: Sterilization Timeline Timing: 30 Minutes Mode: In-class; Online Download and use this Sterilization Timeline which tracks national and international events that determined Doreen Befus’ fate. Context is important in appreciating historical events, ideas and practices.  The history of sterilization and eugenics in Alberta,and the story of Doreen’s life, needs to be appreciated as …

Components: Self-Guided 1

Components: Self-Guided 1 – Sterilization as Law and Practice Timing: 45 minutes Mode: In-class; online Sterilization legislation in Alberta was a legal response to broadly-held eugenicist ideas which understood the larger social good to be dependant on limiting the reproductive capacity of certain citizens.  This set of historical documents and audio commentary allows students to …

MoVay’s Way

MoVay’s Way Unit Takeaways Appreciate the importance of service user perspectives in determining appropriate plans for care and wellbeing Recognize the importance of exercise, food, and sociability in supporting good mental health and caring for the whole person Component This component is a 3 minute video made by puppeteer and community expert Lori E. An …

Ya’Ya Heit and Indigenous Mental Health Unit

Ya’Ya Heit and Indigenous Mental Health Unit Takeaways Recognize colonialism as a distal determinant of mental health and wellbeing and the relevance of the Indian Act to mental health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples Understand the impact of historical and legal forces on current material circumstances and mental health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples Appreciate …

Component Evaluation: Nuts Across the Modules

Component Evaluation: Nuts Across the Modules Timing: 30 Minutes Mode: In-class; Online Project community expert Irit Shimrat also made Question Man, another short video for the History and Practice teaching resources.  Students can view Go Nuts! and Question Man alongside one another and use them as a basis for an in-class or online discussion of …

Component Evaluation: Finding Fun

Component Evaluation: Finding Fun Timing: 15 Minutes Mode: In-class; Online After playing “Go Nuts” for your class or having them view it online, have students write a 140-character tweet that celebrates mental diversity and difference.

Component Evaluation: Order of Canada

Component Evaluation: Order of Canada Timing: 30 minutes; flexible Mode: In-class; Online The Order of Canada, one of the highest honours that a Canadian citizen can receive, is awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to Canada.  The Order’s motto Desiderantes meliorem patriam (“They desire a better country”) underscores the fact …

Component Evaluation: 1 Document + 1 Photo

Component Evaluation: 1 Document + 1 Photo Timing: 45 Minutes Mode: In-class; Online Have students read Making Madness Political at home and bring to the class 1 document and 1 photograph from Reville’s scrapbook that illustrate his evolution from patient to activist and advocate.  Students present their documents in small discussion groups or through using the …

Component Evaluation: Reflecting on Context

Component Evaluation: Reflecting on Context Timing: 30 Minutes Mode: In-class; Online Bring in (or ask your students to bring in) examples of media and/or popular culture portrayals of madness.  After facilitating a discussion, have your students rework the examples they have brought in to create positive and diverse representations of madness. Use the questions below …