• Dakota Hebert as Jesse - photo by John Packman

Welcome to ETFO’s official Spirit Horse tour site!

Join us as the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) launches a brand new tour of Roseneath Theatre’s award-winning production of Spirit Horse. The play will tour Southern Ontario from March 30 to June 5, 2015. Spirit Horse is a Native American adaptation by Drew Hayden Taylor (from the Irish play Tir Na N’Og by Greg Banks). Performances are scheduled for Grades 4-8 students in public elementary extending southward from Huntsville and from Cornwall to Sarnia to Windsor as well as at most Faculties of education. As part of the tour ETFO members who have seen the play will engage in a full-day of professional learning.

A learning experience for students!

A world-class theatre experience, Spirit Horse is a play about two First Nations youth who are caught between two worlds—the traditional ways and the modern ways of the city. They are given new hope by a Spirit Horse that rides into their lives. The play has proved to be a powerful learning experience about stereotyping and racism, one that offers an important message of hope for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students.

“Not only does the play address the theme of racism; it provides a really important message of hope and building character.” – Regional Grand Chief Isadore Day, Regional Chief for Lake Huron Region (2010)

A vital curriculum resource for teachers

It is the goal of ETFO to work with others to create schools, communities and a society free from all forms of individual and systemic discrimination.

Spirit Horse will act as a catalyst for teacher professional development/learning (PD/L) will build an understanding of First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultural, historical, urban and rural issues and perspectives through online and face-to-face professional learning. This PD/L will assist teachers to meet the goals of Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy and the objectives of the province’s new Social Studies Curriculum.

The tour and professional learning have been developed by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) with support from the Ontario Ministry of Education in cooperation and partnership with Roseneath Theatre and Faculties of Education.

Updated: April 20, 2015 — 3:29 pm
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