Coquitlam, B.C. – A newly announced collaboration between the BC Sports Hall of Fame; the Terry Fox family; Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation Council (I·SPARC); Métis Nation of British Columbia (MNBC); and the Coquitlam School District (SD43) provides new insight into Terry Fox’s Métis heritage through the development of a series of lesson plans for young learners.
The Terry Fox: Inspiration in Action Lesson Plans for elementary schools are now available to educators across the province to support young learners from Grades 4 to 7. Through the Inspiration in Action Lesson Plans, students will explore Terry’s life story through a new lens, examining his family’s discovery of their Métis ancestry – while further exploring what it means to be Métis.
“Having the opportunity to further celebrate Terry’s story through the creation of these lesson plans has been an incredible honour for our family and will remain a source of pride for us all,” says Darrell Fox. “We were inspired upon learning of our family’s Métis heritage on our mother’s side and through direct consultation with MNBC, and we hope that this project will further inspire young Canadians, particularly those with Métis ancestry.”
The completion of the Terry Fox: Inspiration in Action Lesson Plans pilot project functions as an extension of the continued need for educational BC sport resources for students and teachers that complement the First Peoples Principles of Learning. These lesson plans will soon be available on ShareEd BC and heroinyou.ca/terry for educators as reference points that can be incorporated into their curriculum.
“Working with the Fox family to discover their Métis roots has been an exceptionally rewarding experience for MNBC,” says Debra Fisher, MNBC Minister of Education. “Learning requires exploration of one’s identity, and for a hero that is so important for Canadians in BC and beyond, students now have a new opportunity to explore how identity and personal values can be linked to culture.”
The creation of these learning materials was inspired first and foremost by Indigenous people who have lived in the area now known as British Columbia (BC) for more than 10,000 years – including First Nations, Inuit and Métis. These nations, each with their own distinct traditions and history, have shaped and contributed to BC’s diverse sport heritage.
Of note, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in call to action #87 appeals to:
- “. . . all levels of government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, sports halls of fame, and other relevant organizations, to provide public education that tells the national story of Aboriginal athletes in history.”
In honour and respect of this call – and all Indigenous nations – the BC Sports Hall of Fame in collaboration with I·SPARC, set out to enhance its educational outreach and programming through the establishment of a series of lesson plans to celebrate the outstanding contributions of Indigenous athletes.
When the Fox family recently shared the incredible story of discovering their Métis family heritage, the Inspiration in Action working group of collaborators determined that Terry Fox could be the initial focal point of the first phase of lesson plan(s) developed.
“Terry’s legacy continues to be a tremendous source of inspiration for people across Canada and the Fox’s family’s exploration of their Métis ancestry is incredibly exciting for our organization,” explains I·SPARC Executive Director Rick Brant. “I·SPARC is firmly committed to providing opportunities that inspire Indigenous people to move, play, and compete. Learning about Terry’s Marathon of Hope in a way that encompasses the full scope of his heritage will further add to that inspiration.”
“The BC Sports Hall of Fame is honoured to have been a part of seeing this project to fruition,” says Lara Mussell Savage, Trustee, BC Sports Hall of Fame and Education Committee Chair. “We take great pride in our responsibility to tell engaging stories, including the intricate stories of those who have come before and continue to inspire us today. This collaboration with the Fox family, I·SPARC, MNBC, and the Coquitlam School District expands upon our work in celebrating Indigenous athletes through the award-winning Indigenous Sport Gallery and our Hero In You youth education programs.”
The completion of the Terry Fox: Inspiration in Action Lesson Plans marks the first of what will be a series of lesson modules inspired by Indigenous athletes that will be available to educators across the province.
“As a graduate of School District 43, Terry Fox has always held a special place in our hearts and that is why we are especially proud to have successfully piloted the Terry Fox Inspiration in Action Lesson Plan at École Glen Elementary, his former elementary school,” explains SD43 Superintendent Patricia Gartland. “I am confident that these lesson plans will serve to ensure Terry’s legacy will continue to grow and be of great inspiration to students across this district and across the country.”