September 30, 2021 marks the first annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. With its roots in Orange Shirt Day, this is meant to be a day of action, learning and reflection for settlers in Canada.

As settlers on this land, we have a responsibility to continually engage along our journey to meaningfully enact allyship, to reassess and reconsider our positionality and power in the spaces we occupy.

The Equal Futures Network, with support from the Firelight Group, has compiled this list of resources to further our understanding of the ongoing impacts of colonialism including the legacy of residential schools and intergenerational trauma while also growing our appreciation for Indigenous cultures by supporting the works of Indigenous leaders, changemakers, artists, writers and creators.

Reports and Publications

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

150 Acts of Reconciliation of the Last 150 Days of Canada’s 150 by Crystal Fraser and Sara Komarnisky published on ActiveHistory.ca

5 Things You Need to Know About Solidarity in Reconciliation: Calling in White Settler Canadians by Rebecca Tan published on 4Rs Youth Movement

Whose Land Is It Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization by the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC (FPSE)

Stolen Lives: The Indigenous Peoples of Canada and the Indian Residential Schools, Chapter 8: White Paper, Red Paper by Facing History and Ourselves 

Indigenous Peoples: A Guide to Terminology by Indigenous Corporate Training Inc.

Free Online Trainings and Courses

Certificate of Reconciliation Studies, First Nations University of Canada

Indigenous Cultural Safety Collaborative Learning Series, Provincial Health Services Authority

San’yas Cultural Safety Training, Provincial Health Services Authority

Principled Engagement with Indigenous People, Indigenous Anti-Racism

Community & Government Organizations Courses, Reconciliation Education

Decolonial and Inclusivity Workshops (Decolonize Together), Nikki Sanchez

Reconciliation through Indigenous Education, University of British Columbia

Indigenous Canada, University of Alberta

Resources for Guiding Organizational Change

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) 

Decolonization Toolkit, VIDEA

Books

Medicine Unbundled: A Journey through the Minefields of Indigenous Health Care by Gary Geddes

21 Things You May Not Know About The Indian Act by Bob Joseph

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King

The Right to Be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City by Tanya Talaga

Podcasts

Telling Our Twisted Histories

Red Man Laughing

Spilling Labrador Tea Under Cedar Trees

All My Relations

The Secret Life of Canada

Indian and Cowboy Podcasts

11 Indigenous podcasts for your listening pleasure

Videos, Movies and Documentaries

Indigenous Cinema Catalogue, the National Film Board

There’s a massive free catalogue of Indigenous films online — and we have 6 picks to get you started, CBC Arts

There’s Something in the Water (Documentary)

Indigenous News and Media Sources

CBC Indigenous

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)

Muskrat Magazine

Indigenous Rising Media

Indigenous Creators to Follow on Social Media

Indigenous Feminist Collective

Decolonize Together

Future Ancestors Services Inc.

Learn with Shanese

Raven Trust

Indigenous Women Who Hike

Indigenous Women Rising

Matriarch Movement

Indigenous Climate Action

Indigenous Climate Hub

Lilnativeboy

Seeding Sovereignty

Decolonize Myself

Wetsuweten_Checkpoint

Indigenous Peoples Movement

This is a living resource that we will continue to update over time. Know of more resources? Help us to gather and share more learning resources by contacting us at info@canwach.ca.

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