Indigenous Ally Toolkit


When it comes to creating a positive & sustainable impact on the lives of Indigenous Peoples living in Montreal, it is important to understand the role that an individual occupies and plays within the collective experience.



Start here with the NETWORK’s Indigenous Ally Toolkit



** If your organization is looking to print the pamphlet version of the Indigenous Ally Toolkit, please send an email to with the subject line “Print Request, Toolkit“. 



Other useful resources:


Ground Work for Change

This website compiles information about “terminology, treaties, important parts of the Canadian Constitution and more”. They offer a comprehensive list of books, movies, TV shows, blogs, podcasts, government documents, community initiatives and events.


Elder Protocols and Guidelines 

This document outlines the proper protocols and guidelines necessary when asking an Elder to give thanks and/or do a land acknowledgement at your events.


Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada Findings

This report took over 5 years to complete. It documents the legacy and history of residential schools in Canada and compiles accounts from survivors. The 94 Calls to Action is also on this website, with additional resources such as “They Came for the Children” and “1000 Conversations Across Canada on Reconciliation”.


In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth & Reconciliation (Victoria: Brindle & Glass, 2016)

Commissioner Sinclair encourages all Canadians “Coming to terms with that history [of Aboriginal non-Aboriginal relations] is important,” he contends. “Once we have come to terms with that history, and reconciled with it, then the relationship will be established” (202)


Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance written and directed by Alanis Obomsawin

This documentary is about the 1990 Oka Crisis, which saw the Kanien’kéhaka of Kanehsatake protect their lands from the town of Oka, who wanted to build a golf course on it. This resulted in a 78-day armed standoff between the Kanien’kéhaka, the Sûreté du Québec, and the Canadian army.


Indigenous Voices and ReconciliationNational Film Board of Canada 

The National Film Board of Canada has a channel dedicated to Indigenous content and education. Includes a link to the film Angry Inuk and other content that covers topics such as land rights and residential schools.


The Inconvenient Indian written by Thomas King

This book by King offers personal reflections and examinations on the history and relationship between Indigenous People and settlers since the 15th century.


The Reconciliation Manifesto written by Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson

In this book, Manuel and Derrickson challenge how non-Indigenous Canadians see their relationship with Indigenous Peoples and outline the steps to rebuild and strengthen this relationship.


Red Man Laughing

This is a podcast that hosts various Indigenous leaders, activists, artists, and scholars.


Whose Land is it Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization

This free e-book has excerpts from various Indigenous leaders, scholars, lawyers, and activist. Contributors include Pamela Palmater, Senator Murray Sinclair, Beverly Jacobs, and Arthur Manuel. The book offers multiple Indigenous perspectives on Canadian colonialism, Indigenous rights, and activism.


Indecently Exposed with Jane Elliott

In this video, anti-racism worker, Jane Elliot, uses her popular Blue-Eyed, Brown-Eyed workshop to challenge Canadian attitudes towards Indigenous Peoples and showcases how systemic racism is still alive in Canada.


Chelsea Vowel website

Chelsea Vowel is a legal scholar, teacher, author, and activist. Her website contains lists of her authored works and blogs. A section on her website, titled Indigenous 101, has a list of resources that she hopes will dispel any myths about Indigenous identity, law, traditions, and history – among many other topics.


150 Acts of Reconciliation

This list has 150 ways a person can take steps towards Reconciliation.


Guideline for Research from Aboriginal Women from QNW

If doing research with Indigenous women, this is an important document to read because it establishes proper guidelines and protocols.


Leanne Betasamosake Simpson website

Lee Anne Simpson is an author, scholar, and activist. She has multiple fiction and non-fiction works that showcases the Indigenous perspective. Her website has a list of her works, as well as personal blogs.





Thank you to everyone who took the time to review the document; Brooke Wahsontiiostha Deer, Vicky Boldo, Elizabeth Fast, Geneviève Sioui, Cathy Richardson, Kortanie Raye, Laurence Lainesse, and Allison Reid.



Bibliography to the Indigenous Ally Toolkit:


    1. Opportunities for White People in the Fight for Racial Justice (2016). Moving from Actor to Ally to Accomplice. Retrieved from
    2. Indigenous Action Media (2014). Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing The Ally Industrial Complex. Retrieved from
    3. Lamont, A. (2016). Guide to Allyship. Retrieved from
    4. Di Gangi, P. (2018). Algonquin Territory: Indigenous title to land in the Ottawa Valley is an issue that is yet to be resolved. Retrieved from
    5. Kurt, M. (2007). Turtle Island: The Original Name for North America. Retrieved from
    6. Jacobs, L. (2009). Mapping the Legal Consciousness of First Nations Voters: Understanding Voting Rights Mobilization. Retrieved from
    7. Restoule, K. (2013). An Overview of the Indian Residential School. Retrieved from
    8. Turner, A. (2011). Living arrangements of Aboriginal children aged 14 and under. Retrieved from
    9. Reynolds, V. (2013). “Leaning In” as imperfect Allies in Community Work. Conflict and Narrative: Explorations in Theory and Practice.
    10. First Nation Information Governance Centre. (1998). The First Nations Principles of OCAP®. Retrieved from
    11. Paul, J. (2017). I Need An Accomplice, Not An Ally. Retrieved from


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