Truth and Reconciliation Day

On September 30th we recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation We know that you are participating in your classrooms, schools and with community events. It can be challenging to acknowledge the many harms caused by Canada's colonial past, but we know that Family Studies teachers are up to the task of recognizing these difficult truths so that we can move forward towards reconciliation with the Indigenous nations of the territory that we call Canada.

As Family Studies educators, we are aware that our discipline is not free from ties to colonialism. Canada's Food Guide was historically informed by unethical research done at residential schools. During the Sixties Scoop, children were removed from their homes and families. The Indian Act banned the celebration of cultural practices and the wearing of regalia associated with them. By acknowledging these past practices, we can recognize the responsibility that we have to honour and celebrate First Nations, Metis, and Inuit cultures, knowledge, and perspectives in our work. We can use Family Studies education to make sure that the atrocities of colonialism come to an end, and are not repeated.

As part of our commitment to this work, OFSHEEA developed a curriculum advisory on First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Perspectives in Family Studies. You can find this document here:

For those of you interested in a deeper dive, the International Journal of Home Economics has published a special issue on the Decolonizing of the Home Economics Profession:

We hope that you take some time to reflect on the significance of today.

Membership Perks

Here's what an OFSHEEA Membership gives you:

Exclusive download access to members-only resources,
Discounted rate at annual OFSHEEA conference,
Priority consideration on Ministry-funded writing projects,
Networking and community-based opportunities with other Family Studies and Home Economics educators, and
A voice at the Ontario Ministry of Education regarding issues related to Family Studies education.

Membership purchases/renewals for 2021-2022 are now open!  Current 2020-2021 memberships expire August 31, 2021.

Downloadable Resources

Click on any of the links below to access our bank of resources

Fashion & Housing Resources

*These resources require an OFSHEEA membership

Click here to access our Fashion & Housing Resources

General Family Studies Resources

*These resources require an OFSHEEA membership

Click here to access our General Family Studies Resources

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