Finding Cleo

A Teaching Guide by Dufferin-Peel CDSB

How to Use this Resource

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Content and Trigger Warning

Some episodes contain disturbing material which may be triggering. These lessons and resources have been designed to support students in their encounter and understanding of these issues.

Curriculum Links

Click here for Unit Plan with curriculum connections to recommended courses in English: (ENG3U/ENG3C/EMS3O/ENG4U/ENG4C ) and First Nations, Métis & Inuit Studies (NBE3U/NBV3C/NDW4M)

Pre-Listening Lesson

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Unit Goals

  • Podcast as a digital media genre
  • Journalistic qualities and ethics
  • The importance of family, culture, and community
  • The Sixties Scoop and its connections to Residential Schools and MMIWG
  • The value of empathy, human dignity, compassion
Episode 1

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Stolen. Murdered. Missing

In this episode, we will learn about:


  • The importance of family and community
  • The history of the Sixties Scoop
  • One family’s search for their missing sister
Episode 2

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Eyes that Haunted Me

  • The importance of empathy
  • Experiences with bureaucracy
  • Adoption of Cleo’s sisters, April and Annette
  • The connection between truth and healing

Episode 3

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A Little Lie

In this episode, we will learn about:

  • The impact of the Sixties Scoop on individual families
  • The experiences of Cleo’s brother, Johnny Semaganis

Episode 4

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The Funeral Home

In this episode, we will learn about:

  • A major break in the search for Cleo
  • The qualities of good investigative journalism

Episode 5

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Afraid of the Dark

In this episode, we will learn about:

  • Finding Cleo
  • The different reactions to this news
  • Ethical decisions of journalism

Episode 6

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Little Pine

In this episode, we will learn about:

  • The History of Colonization
  • Cultural Genocide
  • How Cleo died
  • Life on Little Pine First Nations Reserve, Saskatchewan

Episode 7

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Lillian

In this episode, we will learn about:


  • The history and legacy of Residential Schools
  • The effects of residential school on Lillian
  • Intergenerational trauma
Episode 8

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Salesperson of the Year

In this episode, we will learn about:

  • Analysing the Adopt Indian and Métis Program
  • Broader impact of this systemic racism
  • Personal impact on children’s identity

Episode 9

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Reunion

In this episode, we will learn about:

  • The vulnerability of Indigenous children in care
  • Johnny and Christine’s reunion
  • Cleo’s police files

Episode 10

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Cleo's Letters

In this episode, we will learn about:

  • Cleo’s teenage self
  • Using voice narratives in a podcast
  • Answers to what really happened the day Cleo died.

Suggested Assignments

A list of suggested reading, writing, media, and research tasks.

About this Resource:

The activities in this resource were developed by DPCDSB educators, Maureen Carolan (Consultant - Pathways & Transitions), Paula Nevins (Consultant - Literacy 7-12, Integrated Curriculum Design), and Angela Earle-Ventriglia (Social Science teacher, St. Aloysius Gonzaga).


We wish to acknowledge the advisory role of CBC journalist, Connie Walker, and Cleo’s siblings, Johnny Semaganis and Christine Cameron. We are grateful for reviews and consultation with Michelle Coutinho, Equity Principal; Jodie Williams, Indigenous Education Consultant; Kyl Morrison, Indigenous Youth Advisor, Priya Mohipp, Consultant - Religious Education and Faith Development with a Focus on Equity and Inclusive Education; Susan Sweet, Mental Health Liaison; and DPCDSB’s Indigenous Education Advisory Council (IEAC). Special thanks to Dulcie Belchior, Principal of Program and Learning Services; and Carmel Murphy, Superintendent of Program and Learning Services.

Further Resources

Indigenous Studies Resource Bank

A collection of resource supports for and by DPCDSB educators.