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Resources for Professionals to Increase Indigenous Literacy

Resources and information to increase knowledge, understanding and reflection on Canada’s history and present from an Indigenous viewpoint to expand “Indigenous literacy” (understanding the culture, context and rights of Indigenous people and the relationship of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples).

Helpful resources for understanding and learning Indigenous languages.

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Developed by Six Nations Polytech; learn the Mohawk language through quizzes, and games.

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Learn the language of the Metis.

Resources to increase and enhance your knowledge of Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.

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Canada’s permanent home for all records, statements, and works related to the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions work.

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Federal Government of Canada’s Interim report on Council for Reconciliation.

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Privy Council’s commitment to Indigenous representation in the Public Service. Report available on website titled “Many Voices, One Mind…Pathways to Reconciliation”.

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2019 Budget Highlights – Indigenous and Northern Investments.

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Ontario governments statement on commitment to Reconciliation.

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2017 Report on progress of Reconciliation.

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Ministry of Education’s framework document on Indigenous education.

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Student blog regarding Indigenous peoples and health.

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National Indigenous youth lead organization dedicated to Reconciliation.

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Cindy Blackstock leads this national organization that stands for First Nations youth.  Website contains numerous resources.  The First Nations Caring Society has Touchstones for Hope reconciliation workshops.

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Comprehensive site with numerous resources and toolkits regarding Reconciliation.

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Big Cities Mayors’ Response to the Calls to Action. Must request access to document.

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Comprehensive site dedicated to Indigenous education. Hosted by First Nations University of Canada. Includes research portal.

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Robust resources on Reconciliation activities in Saskatchewan. Excellent resources on treaties.

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Senator Murray Sinclair interview regarding how Canadians impart the 94 Calls to Action.

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Youth movement committed to diversity and reconciliation in Canada.

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This 2019 research jointly sponsored with Canadian Roots Exchange and MasterCard Foundation provides insight into youth attitudes towards Reconciliation in Canada.

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Thought provoking article using Bene Brown’s Trust Framework to discuss Truth and Reconciliation.

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Survivors share their stories.

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A remarkable collection of reclaimed objects from Residential schools; each tells a story of the surviors.

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Artist, Cary Newman and writer, Kirstie Hudson tell the story of the Witness Blanket for all to bear witness to the atrocities of the residential school policy. This book is for purchase.

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The historic case of the Assembly of First Nations taking legal action against the Government of Canada on behalf of the rights of Indigenous children. This video is for purchase.

Learn more about Indigenous history and culture in Canada.

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The Kairos Blanket Exercise is a powerful, participatory workshop designed to engage participants in learning the history of Canada.

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Online and in person workshops. Website promotes four films on reconciliation.

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In person reconciliation training sessions for those working with children and youth.

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Module based in-person cultural competency training sessions.

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British Columbia based organization provides on-line cultural competency training.

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Things that keep me awake. Blog postings by Senator Murray Sinclair, Chief Commissioner of the TRC.

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Thought provoking blog on Indigenous child rearing, kinship, and colonization.

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A must watch on the 1985 constitutional talks…you will be surprised at what you see. This video is for purchase.

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Continuation of the 1985 constitutional talks…you will be surprised at what you see. This video is for purchase.

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The late Metis Leader Jim Sinclair’s speech on Indigenous right during the 1985 constitutional talks.

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The late Metis Leader Jim Sinclair’s closing comments at the 1985 constitutional talks… powerful.

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Siblings separated during the ‘60s Scoop are reunited after decades apart.

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Indigenous female photographers sharing their views on a variety of subjects.

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Thought provoking blog on Indigenous child rearing, kinship, and colonization.

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Satirical take on headline news. Extremely funny but not for the easily offended.

Concrete examples of Indigenous Land Acknowledgements. Resources on how to determine territorial lands.

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8 minute video explaining importance of Territorial Acknowledgments including pronunciation guide.

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Satirical video on how not to do a Territorial Announcement.

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Map indicating treaty lands and traditional territories of Canada’s Indigenous peoples. Also provides a guide on conducting a territorial announcement.

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Brief introduction to conducting a land acknowledgement, template, and list of traditional lands.

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Canadian wide guide to conducting a land acknowledgement.

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Using GIS technology, this app helps users to identify which treaty territory, and/or traditional territory they are on by inputting user’s location. Video Examples of Territorial Announcements.

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Chelsea Vowel unpacks the territorial acknowledgment in this thought provoking article.

Resources that highlight Indigenous innovators in Canada.

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Celebrates global Indigenous people making a difference in their community. Links to podcast.

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Unique digital agency devoted to Indigenous innovation. A certified B Company, Animikii is an example of social innovation in action.

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Dr. Melanie Goodchild heads this start up research institute out of the University of Waterloo in Ontario.

Resources on developing and including Indigenous people in Canada’s economy.

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CCAB has a significant history in Canada promoting Indigenous businesses in Canada. Provides ideas on how to enhance supply chain and offers education seminars.

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Comprehensive resource dedicated to Indigenous economic development in Canada.

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Excellent information on current topics as it relates to Indigenous relations in Canada.