Start here with the NETWORK’s Indigenous Ally Toolkit
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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.
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.
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 Reconciliation – National 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.
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 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.
This list has 150 ways a person can take steps towards Reconciliation.
If doing research with Indigenous women, this is an important document to read because it establishes proper guidelines and protocols.
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.
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